29th September 2014
RARE opportunities to experience first-hand how the oil and gas industry manages an offshore crisis and to see behind the scenes at an emergency training centre are among a raft of activities taking place during a unique Doors Open event later this year.
Companies operating in Aberdeen City and Shire will throw open their doors on November 13th and let the public see the innovative jobs, techniques and technologies being used to push the boundaries of exploration and production as the region celebrates National Oil & Gas Skills Week.
The free-to-attend programme covers a wide range of offshore careers: from a session for people interested in a future in drilling hosted by KCA Deutag at their facility in Altens, to interactive tours of a replicated offshore environment at AquaTerra Training in Kintore and Intertek’s sophisticated laboratories at Aberdeen Science & Technology Park.
Visitors can also take a look at the creative technologies being used to train the workforce with training provider Atlas, while Aberdeen City Council is supporting the event with a recruitment advice session for local employers at Marischal College.
There will also be a number of special events happening in other key oil and gas hubs around the country– including an ROV careers day at The Underwater Centre in Fort William where people training or experienced in electronics, electrical, hydraulics or mechanics can try piloting an observation class ROV in the challenging, seawater conditions of Loch Linnhe.
New events are being added weekly as more companies sign up to take part. Organisers, the oil and gas skills organisation OPITO, hope the day will be unlike anything the industry has seen before:
“The oil and gas sector is a huge part of our local economy here in the north-east with companies of all different shapes, sizes and disciplines employing tens of thousands of people from all walks of life,” said skills development director Morven Spalding.
“While careers range from the technical engineering offshore roles right through to the supporting onshore jobs like accounting, catering, marketing, legal, human resources or business development, many people don’t associate these jobs with the oil and gas industry. The reality is that only 10% of jobs in the sector are based offshore.
“National Oil & Gas Skills Week aims to break the stereotype and show people who may never have considered a career in oil and gas before that there are a huge variety of opportunities for the right people with the right skills. Doors Open Day will play an important part in demonstrating that diversity first hand.”
Specialist consultancy Altor Risk Group will be staging a simulated emergency response exercise for anyone interested in learning more about a career in risk and crisis management.
Matthew Wardner, UK & Europe Business Leader at Altor said: “Our emergency response training, delivered by staff with decades of real-life experience, encourages businesses to develop their handling of offshore situations so that should an incident arise it can be addressed appropriately and effectively.
“As an OPITO-accredited organisation, we are pleased to support Doors Open Day. This initiative will provide an excellent taster for anyone looking to join our industry and will showcase the range of opportunities and roles it offers.”
OPITO still wants to hear from companies involved in any aspect of the oil and gas industry that would like to get on board and support the initiative.
“This is a significant opportunity for the industry to do something really different and powerful to tackle the skills issue head on,” added Mrs Spalding.
“We are looking for organisations from the operators’ right through to large, medium and small business throughout the supply chain to get involved and help make the day a true reflection of the diversity of the sector.
“Our hope is that it will provide the avenue for everyone from school pupils, graduates and teachers through to mid-career changers and those returning after a career break to see first-hand what the oil and gas industry can offer; as well as giving industry the platform to celebrate its achievements and for individual companies to showcase what they are doing, the opportunities they offer and the skills they need going forward.”
National Oil & Gas Skills Week is set to explore the skills and career pathways within the oil and gas industry across the UK. Targeting a variety of audiences, it will see everything from science, engineering and maths events, specialist workshops and careers sessions to debates, interactive challenges and much more take place in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Norwich, Great Yarmouth and the north-east of England from November 11-14th.
The majority of events throughout National Oil & Gas Skills Week are free to attend but places are limited and must be booked in advance.
For more information, or to book a place at any of the events, visit www.nationaloilandgasskillsweek.com