North Sea skills study to plan for 10,000 new industry recruits

A project to develop a new North Sea oil and gas skills strategy has been launched following wide spread industry and government support for the findings in OPITO’s Workforce Dynamics Review.

OPITO has appointed Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Oil and Gas Institute to support the development of the strategy over the next six months.

This will involve an industry survey and workshops to help develop a blueprint to support skills diversification and digital transformation.

The Workforce Dynamics Review found that if the sector achieves ambitions around the energy transition, oil and gas production and exports, around 40,000 people will need to be recruited into the sector over the next 20 years – and 10,000 of those will be in roles that don’t currently exist.

The Oil and Gas Institute will gather relevant data to enable a high-level assessment of the existing and new skills required for job families to create ‘skills demand maps’.

A targeted industry survey will be launched in the coming months to capture the industry’s demand for skills and capability requirements of the future. Industry workshops will be held with operators and the supply chain to tap into a diverse breadth of knowledge and expertise, including industry specialists, young professionals and apprentices.

Paul de Leeuw, Director of the Institute, commented: “The Skills Strategy will specifically look at the changing requirements across the sector by 2025 and will identify what new skills will be required in the future to ensure the UK continues to have world class capabilities to support the oil and gas industry and the wider energy sector.”

18 Jul 2018

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