Industry Must Be 'Stimulating, Challenging' to Inspire Millennials
The oil and gas industry must be presented as stimulating and challenging to inspire millennials, Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie told Rigzone.
Responding to a speech from BP Group Chief Executive Bob Dudley, in which he stated that 14 percent of millennials do not wish to work in the oil and gas industry today because of its negative image, Michie alluded to the difficulties in attracting younger generations to the workforce.
“We ... recognize the issues in terms of inspiring the future workforce that there is a positive and sustainable industry to be part of,” said Michie.
“We know that oil and gas has a key role to play in the transition towards a lower carbon future and therefore we need to present this industry as a stimulating and challenging opportunity for the next generation,” she added.
Speaking at the Oil & Money conference held in London last week, Dudley told attendees that the industry needs to do a better job of talking about the prosperity the sector brings to countries, the community development projects it delivers and the work it is leading to address carbon emissions.
“We can be proud of what we do. Our industry is a great industry. We should not apologize for what we do ... It has fuelled an era of unprecedented growth. It has helped to raise living standards and lift people out of poverty,” said Dudley at the conference.
“Today we face new challenges – the challenges of competitiveness, of carbon and of choice – but I believe that we will make the right choices and meet those challenges. We will attract great talent. We will play our part in the journey to a low carbon economy. We will win back trust,” he added.
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