A record turn-out attended this year’s Oil and Gas UK Awards where 18-year old Marnie Toal won the Apprentice of the Year category.
Marnie and the other six category winners were presented with their awards at a ceremony in Aberdeen where some 650 people from across the oil and gas industry and throughout the UK gathered to celebrate their achievements.
This year’s company awards categories were split into small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) and large enterprise categories to encourage a broader range of companies to submit entries. The winners were:
Investment in People (SME) – Axis Well Technology
Axis Well Technology was recognised for its commitment to the continuous development, growth and retention of its 160 employees and consultants, noting that the company’s commitment to training has contributed towards strong year-on-year sales growth of 14%
Investment in People (Large Enterprise) – Bibby Offshore
Bibby Offshore was recognised by judges for the launch of its Academy, which has trained over 30 graduates and its successful engineer conversion programme which works to bridge the skills gaps in the subsea engineer sector through training and mentoring.
Business Innovation (SME) – Meta
Meta is the first SME winner for this year’s award and the company impressed judges with its unique ‘Metalmorphology’ downhole isolation technology which shapes metal using hydraulic fluid pressure, creating products its clients call ‘crucial’ to their well integrity plans.
Business Innovation (Large Enterprise) – EnQuest
Enquest was recognised for its focus on drawing value from undeveloped oilfields and ageing assets. The judges singled out the Thistle Late Life Extension project – which is designed to recover a further 35 million barrels of oil from the Thistle and Deveron fields – as a significant achievement.
Mentor of the Year: Alan Muirhead, lead field development engineer, Ingen Ideas
A mentor of new graduates as well as school and summer placement students, the judging panel was also impressed by Alan’s efforts in developing the company’s chartership scheme.
Graduate of the Year: Barry Mitchell, graduate electrical engineer, Wood Group PSN.
Barry impressed the judging panel not only with his significant academic achievements, winning the BP Prize for Best Overall Achievement following his graduation from Robert Gordon University, but also for his professionalism, dedication and commitment to deliver fit-for-purpose engineering solutions for Wood Group PSN’s clients.
Apprentice of the Year 2014: Marnie Toal, apprentice technician, Proserv
Marnie, 18, has made a huge impression since joining Proserv straight from school just over 12 months ago.
From her very first task, where she suggested ways to improve a stripping and flushing rig job, Marnie has consistently provided valuable support to her colleagues. The method suggested on her initial task has now been implemented as standard company practice.
In addition, her role in a major hose integrity management project saw Marnie becoming the pivotal person in carrying out the six month testing of around 600 hoses.
Towards the end of the project, Marnie, who is based at Birchmoss, Aberdeenshire, was the only person at Proserv in a position to do the work. This would have been outsourced otherwise at a significantly higher cost.
She said: “It was a surprise to be nominated for an award just for doing my job. I really enjoy my work with Proserv and feel that I have learned a lot and had a lot of opportunities to gain skills and experience in a variety of roles.”
Marnie’s Proserv colleague John Stoddard was also recognised for his achievements when he was named as a finalist in the Graduate of the Year category. John, 25, of Cults, Aberdeen, has been with Proserv for three years and his success has not only resulted in him quickly being promoted from graduate to junior engineer but he has also contributed significantly to the company’s global growth and development of its market-leading technologies.
David Lamont, Chief Executive, Proserv, commented: “I’m thrilled to see Marnie and John recognised in this way, both for their personally but also on behalf of their colleagues.
“The future of Proserv lies in the hands of young people like Marnie and John. This is the group of people who will be our future leaders and indeed future leaders in the oil and gas industry.
“While we read and hear much about a skills shortage and ageing workforce in our industry, our belief is that investment in the training and development of our whole workforce is key to our success, and as such, this focus is not just a ‘nice to have’ feature, but is essential to our future success.”
And Neil McCulloch, President, EnQuest North Sea, commented: “This award is a welcome acknowledgement of how our strategy of extending the life of ageing assets and optimising production is succeeding.
“These achievements, which have been made with an exemplary safety record, are credit to everyone in the management, operational and support teams because a huge amount of commitment, focus, collaboration and drive goes into delivering such exceptional safe results“.