OPITO Appoints Liaison to Strengthen Govt Links with Industry, Education

The Oil & Gas Academy has appointed Gillian Black as policy affairs manager to improve industry understanding of government to education funding structures and mechanisms.

She will play a key role in informing, influencing and engaging with key decision making structures and forums in order to highlight industry skills needs and work in partnership to help align funding and learning provision against the needs of the industry.

Black joins the Aberdeen-based Academy after working as a consultant specializing in strategic business development for a range of private and public sector organizations. She has significant experience in the education sector in a commercial development capacity and previously held the post of director of business development at Forth Valley College, Falkirk, during which time she worked with OPITO on a number of UK and international projects.

"The Academy plays a vital role in providing connectivity between government, academia and the wider industry. While the organization has made great strides in the past 12 months I am looking forward to establishing stronger links and helping to influence national skills and education policy in order to drive productivity growth in the industry."

An industry-funded, employer-led body, the Academy works in collaboration with employers, learning and training providers, education and academia and partnership organizations to monitor industry-driven standards of training around the world, deliver mutual benefit through the support of industry's learning needs and raise awareness of the wide ranging career opportunities the dynamic oil and gas industry can offer.

Chief executive David Doig said, "The ongoing global demand for energy will see the continued requirement for workers of all disciplines across all sectors. The oil and gas industry needs to make its requirements understood.

"Gillian's background in the education sector is a key strength which will enable her to forge stronger links between the oil and gas industry, government funding bodies and education providers, leading ultimately to tangible benefits for all stakeholders, employers and employees within industry."