In collaboration with GEP – the French organization representing the oil and gas supply chain - Subsea UK provided a major international platform from which companies in the sector were able to showcase world leading technology and services to young people thinking about a career in the industry.
Sponsored by oil and gas company Total, a number of representatives from leading oil and gas operators and contractors and niche technical companies participated with businesses demonstrating their latest technologies in deepwater projects including Acergy, FMC, Oceaneering, Exxon Mobil and BP to attract over 18 global exhibitors and over 300 delegates.
"This exhibition has been a prime opportunity for us to highlight the innovations and services from the subsea industry and allow a further step forward for tackling the debate over the industry's challenges on attracting skilled workers," Said Subsea UK Chairman Bill Edgar. "There are literally hundreds of career opportunities across the subsea spectrum from the oil and gas operators and the large contractors right through to the innovators."
The targeted delegates of school and college age engineers, as well as those who are just embarking on their career, participated in a series of lectures and hands on exhibitions with a variety of presentations from subsea operators, exploring the diverse range of career opportunities available in the sector.
The event boasted presentations from high profile speakers including British Ambassador to France, Peter Westmacott; Emmanuel Englemann, Vice President Technologies at Total; Antoinette Wilks, Group Development and Resourcing Manager at Acergy; and John Mair, Global Technology Manager at Subsea 7 among others.
According to Bob Allwood, Chairman of SUT's Education and Training Committee, "For the longer term, survival of our industry, it is important to get the message across to young people by establishing relationships with schools, colleges, universities to promote science, technology and engineering as interesting courses that will lead to challenging and lucrative careers."
Following from the event, sponsors BP, hosted a cocktail reception and networking dinner held at the Sofitel La Defense where organizations and individuals were able to exchange ideas.
"These forums are a prime opportunity for us to highlight the skills, capabilities and resources of our subsea companies to a very important audience. Visitors are able to get a snapshot of what the UK subsea industry offers and all under one roof" Said Subsea UK chief executive David Pridden.
"If we cant encourage our kids to follow a science or engineering subject, or fail to convince teachers that engineering isn't a twilight profession in the UK and Europe as a whole, then engineers like myself need to start planning regular trips to India and China to see the latest Subsea technological advances, because we won't be making any in this country or Europe," affirms Pridden.
Subsea UK is the industry body and focal point for the entire British subsea industry and aims to increase business opportunities at home and abroad for this sector. We act for the entire supply chain bringing together operators, contractors and suppliers in the industry.
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