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Oil & Gas

Skills must stay top of the agenda, says Opito

It is more critical than ever for North Sea oil and gas firms to keep skills at the top of their agenda, despite any layoffs caused by low crude prices, industry body Opito said. The skills, standards and workforce development organisation said there was still an over-riding need to turn potential talent into the offshore workers of tomorrow. Doing so will not just equip the industry with the people it requires when oil prices rise but also help to keep safety at the forefront of operations offshore, it added. Opito managing director John McDonald’s reminder of the importance of maintaining a competent and safe oil and gas workforce came as the Portlethen-based organisation set out its priorities for the year ahead.

Oil & Gas

Shell and Opito join forces to train Iraqi oil workers

An estimated 15,000 oil and gas workers in Iraq will be trained in how to deal with the potential hazards of hydrogen sulphide. Oil giant Shell and Industry training standards body Opito have joined forced to ensure workers are protected. The corrosive and hazardous gas, also known as 'sour gas', H2S occurs in the production of oil and gas fields which have a high content of it in their reservoirs.


Opinion: The UK is a country bursting with talent

The North Sea has been producing oil and gas for half century next year and the challenges the region faces are well documented. The ‘Fuelling the Next Generation’ report released this week showed the scale of the skills shortage is much less apparent than it was 12 to 18 months ago. This means that all the work the industry has been doing from grassroots level in schools right through to engaging with potential transitioners and the wider public is working. The study, commissioned by Oil & Gas UK, OPITO and the department for Business, Innovation and Skills, has delivered the truest reflection of how life is going to look for those of us in the sector over the next five years.

Oil & Gas

Mussel farmer named apprentice of the year

A former mussel farmer has been named apprentice of the year at the 15th anniversary of the UK Upstream Oil and Gas Technician Training Scheme. Michael Williamson previously completed an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering with Shetland Island Council Ferries. The 22-year-old, from Whalsay in Shetland, is currently an instrument technician at Edinburgh College and was given his award after demonstrating “outstanding ability and attitude” during his four years on the scheme, which has helped 1,500 people enter the industry already.


Video: Encouraging women into oil and gas

In the final video on National Oil and Gas skills week, Energy Voice spoke to Jeanette Forbes about her experience as a woman in the industry. A qualified systems engineer, she is chief executive and founder of the PCL Group. National Oil and Gas Skills Week will see around 50 events take place across the UK.


Video: Making the armed forces to energy industry jump

In the second part of our video series for the National Oil and Gas Skills Week, Energy Voice spoke to former soldier Duncan Harwood. The 34-year-old made his transition into the oil and gas industry after fulfilling tours in Iraq, Northern Ireland and the Falklands with the Royal Engineers.

Special Features

Calling all ‘Young Energy’ students

Oil and gas students have one final chance to enter into an industry wide competition and meet Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing and more than 150 senior representative from across the industry. In the run up to skills week Opito has been engaging with people across the industry by giving them the chance to submit a photo with the caption #Iamoilandgas when posting a photo on Facebook or Twitter.