Aberdeen-based trade organisation Subsea UK has launched a new support service to bring fresh, young talent into the subsea energy services sector by making it easier for businesses to recruit apprentices.
Research conducted by the industry body – which represents the £9 billion UK subsea industry – revealed the barriers for small companies in setting up apprenticeships. These are broadly the time and cost involved in what is perceived as a complex process.
The Subsea UK scheme will provide financial support and specific help with making the process simpler so that small firms can benefit from apprentices and develop the next generation of subsea workers.
Neil Gordon, Chief Executive, Subsea UK, said: “The majority of our 320 members are smaller sized companies who are put off recruiting apprentices because they lack the HR knowledge and resources to deal with the overall recruitment and management process.
“Our findings revealed that they often turn to training providers or organisations but often this doesn’t work for them.
“The research showed that the most effective approach to make it easier for these companies to take on apprentices would be practical, one-to-one consultancy to support them through the process rather than producing generic guidance which is already available through other skills organisations.”
Subsea UK will offer tailored support to individual companies to help them with the overall recruitment process, development of training plans, setting clear roles and responsibilities for on-the-job training and conducting assessments.
By working directly with companies, Subsea UK can makes sure their needs are aligned to the apprenticeship programme and help them access funding.
Gordon added: “We hope that this dedicated service will encourage more companies to invest in the next generation and help make them more effective, productive and competitive by addressing skills needs directly.”