Three in four of the world’s oil and gas industry leaders (74%) consider Scotland to be one of the world’s leading training grounds for the industry, with 71% also agreeing that Scottish employees are some of the most dependable in the sector.
The research by Scottish Enterprise looked at the views of more than 260 senior industry leaders from businesses employing more than two million people across the globe.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “This poll comes at a time of change for the global energy sector. Turbulence in the oil markets is leading to some uncertainty about future work flows, but these results reinforce the value that Scottish businesses deliver to partners, particularly in deepwater and offshore exploration areas.
“More than two thirds go further, endorsing Scotland as a provider of training and development opportunities. And a similar number also commend Scottish expertise as either important on a day-to-day basis, or essential in achieving a company’s overarching objectives.
“Decades of innovation, cultivated in the North Sea, are being deployed globally and transferred to new and emerging exploration and production locations around the world, including West Africa.
“Our objective is to make clear that Scotland’s oil and gas wealth is not just in the resources that we extract, but the expertise that we have built up. We are working with the industry to continue to strengthen Scotland’s position as a global leader in the sector and these figures mark further growth in this important part of our economy.”
David Rennie, Head of the International Oil & Gas Sector at Scottish Enterprise said: “This research quantifies what we’ve long known and heard – that Scotland has a world-leading reputation when it comes to developing skills and experience in the oil & gas industry.
“The opportunity is therefore for Scotland to further build on the strengths we know we have when it comes to career development and progression, and use them to tap into more opportunities for both our people and our oil & gas supply chain at a global level.”
Melfort Campbell, Chairman, the IMES Group and Chairman of the Independent Expert Commission on Oil & Gas, commented: “It is essential that Scotland maintains its competitive edge in oil and gas.
“Scotland’s role in the global oil and gas industry has long been characterised by constant evolution and development, but ultimately, this continued role relies on its ability to maintain its position within the global exploration and production market.
“To have the quality and capability of our industry endorsed by such a high percentage of our international partners is encouraging and enables us to identify new opportunities to enhance our position further.
“And while market conditions remain challenging, our capacity for innovation becomes ever more important. It will be our ability to adapt to these changing conditions – while supporting customers and partners elsewhere in the world to do the same – that will ensure a lasting legacy well into the future.”