The findings of a major report to address any potential North Sea skills shortages will be revealed next month.
Industry skills body OPITO has undertaken the UKCS Workforce Dynamics review, focussing on the industry’s requirements for the next 20 years.
It covers around 34,000 North Sea roles, representing around 20% of the industry’s direct and indirect workforce.
The report will cover the impact of new technology, as well as map out the current woirkforce on the UK Continental Shelf.
OPITO will reveal the findings on May 10th at RGU’s Sir Ian Wood Building.
When first announcing the skills study, chief executive John Macdonald said: “My discussions with industry stakeholders and within the Energy Jobs Taskforce identified a clear need for a project which would help us to define a skills strategy for oil and gas.
“The industry has undergone a number of significant changes over the past few years. These changes include the increased use of new technology and data driven processes in order to keep the sector viable in these challenging times. This means that the skills required by the workforce are changing.
“Other factors the project will consider include lower commodity prices, an increase in decommissioning activity and the application of new technology. Combined with an increased use of robotics and automation, these elements could materially impact the number and types of jobs required to support the industry between now and 2035.
“Knowing what the key influences are for the future market and how these will affect skills and training requirements is essential to ensure the longevity of the North Sea sector.”