OPITO Applauds UK Chancellor's Investment in O&G Skills

OPITO has commended Chancellor Alistair Darling's Budget which outlined plans to create 20,000 more places for students to study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, all of which provide the backbone for the oil and gas industry's skilled workforce.

OPITO Group CEO David Doig said, "Generating billions for the UK economy, employing more than 450,000 people and supporting upwards of 2,000 companies, the oil and gas industry has played a vital role in shaping the UK economy for the past four decades.

"With an estimated 30 to 40 years of production in the North Sea still to come it is vital that we have a secure feedstock of engineers and technicians in order to meet the continued demand for energy. The cost of this investment by the government will be repaid many times over in the coming years through a better skilled workforce however funding must be aligned to learning provision which is relevant to business in that it improves productivity and efficiency rather than falling into the trap of putting people on training courses which are not wholly relevant."

The Aberdeen-headquartered Academy is dedicated to investing in the development of the people and processes needed to support the industry's ongoing demands.

It works with industry employers, training providers, academia and government to maintain the provision of the safe, skilled and effective workforce that will prove critical to the continuing success and sustainability of the UKCS and the global supply chain it supports.