3t Energy Group has been chosen to help deliver a digital solution that will enable workers to move between sectors more easily.
Following a competitive tender, the training provider will join forces with skills body OPITO to create a first-in-industry energy skills passport.
It will allow workers to identify gaps and gain the training, skills and certifications they need to work flexibly across the offshore energy sector.
The scheme is aimed at facilitating a transition of workers from oil and gas to renewables, while also helping companies to plug employment gaps.
OPITO was awarded £5 million from the Scottish Government’s Just Transition Fund to deliver the passport in tandem with partners.
John McDonald, chief executive of OPITO, said: “We estimate that 90% of the UK’s oil and gas workforce have skills transferable to adjacent energy sectors, and therefore, there is a tangible opportunity to create new jobs which can meet our national demand for safe, affordable and reliable energy both now, and in the years to come.
“This is a major milestone for the industry as we move one step closer to delivering the Energy Skills Passport, an innovative digital solution to create pathways for workers to pursue flexible careers across the offshore energy industry.”
The contract for the development of the passport, due to be deployed next year, has been awarded to 3t Transform, a subsidiary of 3t Energy.
OPITO, on behalf of the UK oil and gas sector and with the support of the Energy Skills Alliance, published the Integrated People and Skills Strategy (PSS) in May 2022.
It highlighted the benefits of a just and managed energy transition for the energy workforce, industry, governments and communities.
The passport was a commitment within the first of five action plans, Aligning Offshore Energy Standards, to create an aligned training and standards framework across oil and gas, offshore wind, hydrogen, and carbon capture, utilisation and storage.
Kevin Franklin, CEO at 3t Energy Group, said: “We’re delighted to be the chosen partner to deliver this first-in-industry digital solution. This project directly supports the energy transition by identifying gaps, upskilling, and reskilling workforces across the offshore energy sector.
“This partnership highlights our commitment to the wider energy sector with training and development recognised as being key to ensuring we have a world-class UK energy workforce of the future, which we’re proud to be taking a leading role in across our businesses at 3t Energy Group.”
Accountancy giant EY led the competitive vendor procurement process, which assessed both technical and commercial aspects.
It was scored by the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), Offshore Energies UK and OPITO.
EY will continue to programme manage the Energy Skills Passport to deliver of the solution in Q3 2023.
Keith Farquharson, director at EY, said: “EY is delighted to continue to support OPITO and work closely with 3t Energy Group in the development and implementation of the Energy Skills Passport. Supporting the offshore energy industry in enabling the transition of workers to pursue careers and creating the much needed flexible workforce is a privilege and is an integral part of our purpose to Build a Better Working World.”