Interesting as it is to ponder flying or subsea drones, or even walking past a robot on an offshore platform, the future of the North Sea is just as much about strides in data and digitalisation.
Figures from the energy industry have added their voice to mourners around the world following the death of the Queen.
Floating offshore wind (FOW) is the new great hope, the next big breakthrough, in renewable energy. It is a huge worldwide growth area with transformative potential for our people, our communities, and our national wealth and wellbeing.
Oil and gas technical apprentice Andrea has shared her story breastfeeding offshore as a new mum while training as a production technician.
Safety and skills body OPITO has announced a new lifting standard for the global wind sector, which it hopes will also help enhance mobility between oil and gas and renewables.
Plans have been set out on creation of a “critical” and long-awaited skills passport to help oil and gas workers transition into renewables.
Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin has pressed the Scottish Government over challenges faced by offshore workers in finding new roles in renewables.
Environmental campaigners and trade unions welcomed plans from the offshore training industry to reduce duplication in certification standards, but pressed for detail on timing and delivery.
Trade and skills bodies have committed to working together to enable offshore workers to move more easily between offshore energy projects.
Union leaders say they have not seen a ‘candidate shortage’ for North Sea jobs, but that greater engagement with the workforce and better terms will help remove barriers.
In the wake of COP26 in November last year, the need for a skilled and well-trained workforce to deliver the transition to renewable energy has been recognised globally.
Maersk Training has completed the final phase of a three quarters of a million pound refurbishment of its north-east training centre.
Recruitment for this year’s Oil and Gas Technical Apprenticeship Programme (OGTAP) has got underway today.
The Acorn carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Aberdeenshire has teamed up with skills body OPITO to help deliver thousands of skilled jobs for the Scottish Cluster.
Oil and gas workers could find it easier to get trained for a shift into “greener” jobs under proposals considered by the Scottish Government.
The long-awaited UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) kicks off in Glasgow in November when world leaders arrive in Scotland to seek agreement on how to tackle clime change collectively.
Everybody loves a big-budget, blockbuster sequel. Half a century after the original and long-running oil boom adventure, the North Sea is poised to repeat and surpass that success with an even bigger net-zero carbon and renewable follow-up: the £16 billion North Sea Transition Deal.
Energy skills body OPITO has announced the creation of a new Energy Transition team, which could open the door for oil and gas workers looking to shift to renewables.
Trade unions and climate campaigners have called for the creation of an “offshore training passport” to help workers move between the oil and gas and renewables sectors more easily.
We live in a rapidly-evolving world. The energy we need for our day-to-day lives – from switching on the kettle in the morning and powering up a laptop, to driving to the shops or picking up the kids from school – is growing exponentially and our energy system is transforming to meet this demand in a sustainable way.
Leading global safety firm, RelyOn Nutec, has further expanded its market leading digital training capabilities by adding a core oil and gas safety course to its comprehensive e-learning library.
An new alliance between Aberdeen-headquartered EnerMech and 3T Energy Group has bagged a “significant” project to help shape future training of oil workers in Mozambique.
As key contributors to OGUK’s events programme, Lois Wilkinson and Isabella Busch help organise a host of events including the representative body’s annual awards, where members of the next generation achieved industry recognition.
For the vast majority of the UK’s workforce, the commute to the office typically involves driving a car, catching a bus or train, hopping on a bike or walking. But not for the thousands of oil and gas workers that travel to installations miles offshore every day – including 20-year-old apprentice Scott Milligan.
The transition to a lower carbon economy, including commitments by the UK and Scottish Governments to achieve net zero by 2050 and 2045 respectively, coupled with increased urgency around climate action plans leading to COP26 in November, have sent a clear message.