A series of Scot-Govt events to support resilience in the oil and gas sector has been so successful that a sixth event is to be organised in Aberdeen.
A total of more than 140 companies attended a series of five events during December and January organised by the Scottish Energy Jobs Taskforce.
In Aberdeen, Inverness, Troon, Glasgow and Dundee, job-seekers (including both people made redundant or in fear of losing their N. Sea oil-related employment) heard from industry and company leaders on their views of the current oil and gas situation.
Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing and Bob Keiller, former chief executive of the Wood Group were some of the guest speakers sharing their experiences, opinions and thoughts on how to tackle the challenges ahead.
In an ongoing response to the current oil and gas downturn, and following initial feedback from the first five events, the Scot-Govt’s national and local job-creation agencies plan to hold a sixth event in April in Europe’s oil capital, when Deirdre Michie, chief executive of Oil and Gas UK is also due to take part.
David Rennie, head of oil and gas at the national Scot-Govt. job-creation agency – whose chief executive Lena Wilson works only four days a week – said: “These events were focused on smaller companies to help give them a perspective on the current situation and what they should be doing to ensure their business is as prepared as it can be to get through it.
“Best practice, communication, collaboration, people and trust – these are just some of the words I heard mentioned repeatedly over the course of the events. There was also a clear recognition of the current difficulties but also the need for change within the industry and indeed that change is already happening as companies face the challenges ahead.
“We’re seeing a real sense of determination amongst companies to not only survive this downturn but to come out of it more resilient than ever before. The events provided a platform for companies to come together to network and share their experiences as well as get advice from leading industry figures on how to prepare in the short term for long term success.”
For example, attending the Glasgow event has not only helped Glasgow-based McNair Engineering to consider new opportunities but has also resulted in the company recruiting a new member of staff.
Ian McNair, Managing Director, McNair Engineering, said: “We hired a delegate at the Scottish energy jobs task force. He is initially in charge of business development with a view to becoming more involved as a senior manager in the longer term.
“Our aim at McNair Engineering, having been in business for 38 years, is to continue to embrace the ever-changing economic environment within the oil sector and to continue servicing a multitude of engineering needs throughout the global energy sector.”
The 2016 UK Oil and Gas Collaboration Conference – Aberdeen 14 April