Acergy Wins Prize at 2007 Northern Star Business Awards

Acergy has won the coveted 'Commitment to People Development' prize at this year's Northern Star Business Awards.

The award recognizes the company that has shown the most commitment to developing its staff through skills and personal development, and celebrates its achievements in recruitment, staff retention and business achievements.

The presentation, in front of more than 700 industry leaders and guests, was made by Mike Pittillo, Principal Vice Chancellor of Robert Gordon's University, at last night's glittering ceremony at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. Mr. Pittilo said of Acergy: "This company stood out the most because of its unambiguous commitment to people."

As a global company, Acergy recognizes that the only sustainable competitive edge in a business is its people. The organisation is dedicated to becoming an employer of choice by attracting, developing and retaining the best in the industry.

Following a comprehensive employee survey in 2006, the company has introduced a variety of initiatives which include the engineers' development scheme, the project manager program and the leadership development scheme. Earlier this year, Acergy added an Engineering Management Development Program and a Conversion Program for non-subsea engineers to its suite of learning and development programs.

Acergy has recently announced that it is putting in place "Acergy Academy" which will provide more training courses and development opportunities on technical subjects for all functions, effectively sharing Acergy's internal know-how.

The challenge to overcome the critical skills shortage and attract graduates and mature engineers is being tackled head on by Acergy. The company, which currently employs around 500 personnel in Aberdeen, is undergoing an active recruitment campaign to entice fresh talent and fill more than 100 vacancies in the city. The company offers a comprehensive, two-year training package through its Graduate Engineer Development Scheme (GEDS) as well as a Commercial Graduate Scheme. This provides participants with a framework to develop new skills and experiences in order to build a strong talent pool of globally networked high quality engineers.

Gunnar Lemvik, Human Resources Director Northern Europe and Canada said: "It is a great achievement to win the Commitment to People Development award and be recognised by the industry in Scotland and across the globe. The dedication of each member of our highly professional and motivated team is testament to the growth of the company and its continued drive to improve skills and performance and create clear career paths and opportunities within the company.

"All areas of the oil and gas industry are feeling the pressure as the shortage of skills and the age gap continues to widen. The subsea sector in particular, which continues to flourish, is particularly feeling the pinch. At Acergy our people are central to our success and offering an enviable and competitive training and development scheme for our current workforce and future employees demonstrates our commitment to the future of the company and the industry as a whole."

Geoff Runcie, Chamber chief executive, said: "Northern Star continues to shine bright in North East skies!

"Despite high levels of business activity across the region and across all sectors, people see real value in taking the time to prepare nominations and compete for Northern Star recognition. This event has certainly taken its place in the corporate consciousness of Aberdeen City and Shire. The Chamber strives to make the Awards the best evening's business entertainment in the events calendar.

"The sheer variety of different nominees each year, from the minis to the majors, is testament to the attraction of Northern Star and the high profile of this Chamber event attracts unrivalled media coverage as befits an awards event of this stature.

"All of the companies and staff involved in the Northern Star Business Awards deserve to shine!"