Despite N. Sea slump, Motive Offshore is set to expand apprentice intake

Pictured from left are apprentices Mark Reid and Craig Stevenson with Director Dave Acton and former apprentices - and now employees - Kevin Day and David Halkett, Production Manager.
Pictured from left are apprentices Mark Reid and Craig Stevenson with Director Dave Acton and former apprentices – and now employees – Kevin Day and David Halkett, Production Manager.

Despite the crude oil price slump, a Grampian-based offshore services firm is supporting youngsters in the area through a number of apprenticeships, in order to ensure skilled staff are in place to plug the looming skills shortage.

Motive Offshore, which is headquartered at Boyndie, near Banff – which has a skilled workforce of 60 members of staff across its marine equipment manufacture and rental and fabrication divisions – has continued to roll out its apprenticeship scheme to new members of staff.

The company’s directors James Gregg and Dave Acton both started their careers as apprentices and the firm also currently employs two apprentice fabricators, two craft apprentices, an apprentice fitter and an apprentice machinist and is seeking to recruit four new craft apprentices.

The latest intake follow in the footsteps of four previous apprentices who all gained full time employment at Motive Offshore on completion of their apprenticeships, as hydraulic technician, fabricator, machinist and fitter.

Apprentices at Motive aren’t purely workshop based: assistant accountant Lauren Stronach also completed an apprenticeship at the firm and plans are now in place to add a finance apprentice to the team.

James Gregg, said: “At Motive we recognise the importance of investing in continuous learning and development for all ages. We see our apprentice programme as a vital link in the succession planning process and an important step in building a stronger business.

 “As the oil and gas industry starts to pick up again, companies need to become proactive in providing job opportunities. Not only will this improve employability in an incredibly difficult market, it will also benefit the business and ultimately the economy of north east Scotland.”

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