Finalists for first OPITO awards announced on eve of National Oil and Gas Skills Week

Ashtead Technology - a technician at work2By DARA BUTTERFIELD

The finalists for the first OPITO Skills Awards have been announced ahead of next week’s National Oil & Gas Skills Week.

The Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation’s Skills Awards, aims to recognise employers who have engaged with UK educational establishments for the benefit of future generations; and career transitioners who have made a valuable contribution to their workplace or business.

The finalists for the Top Employer for Engagement in UK Education award are:

  • Advanced Industrial Solutions,
  • Quick Hydraulics.

Individuals shortlisted for Top Military Career Transitioner award are: Duncan Harwood of ADIL; Peter Hall of Paradigm Flow Services; and Magnus Jeffrey of LR Senergy.

The Awards will also see the presentation of the OPITO Modern Apprentice of the Year accolade. Nominations for this award have been made by the candidate’s respective colleges.

Meanwhile, the National Oil & Gas Skills Week is set to explore the skills and career pathways within the oil and gas industry across the UK. Among a number of workshops and career sessions, interactive challenges are due to take place in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Norwich and Great Yarmouth from November 11-14.

John McDonald, Managing Director, OPITO, said: “The North Sea is a global success story with unrivalled expertise and standards. We need industry to continue to tackle the skills challenges it faces so the sector can continue to thrive for the next generation coming into work.

“The shortlist represents the impressive range of talent and innovation that is driving our industry forward and ensuring we are best placed to capitalise on growth opportunities both now and in the future.”

The winners will be announced on November 13 in Aberdeen.


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