The UK oil and gas industry has unveiled plans for a nationwide initiative drawing people of all ages and walks of life together to discover what the industry offers them.
National Oil and Gas Skills Week was unveiled on Wednesday, June 25 by industry skills organisation OPITO.
It will see everything from science, engineering and maths, specialist workshops and careers sessions to debates, interactive challenges take place across the UK with events in Aberdeen already confirmed.
The Week, which has been welcomed by Energy Minister Fergus Ewing and Business Secretary Vince Cable, comes in response to the need to attract thousands of new recruits to the sector over the next three years, with tens of thousands more needed in the long term.
At its centre will be a Doors Open Day when operators, drillers and companies throughout the Aberdeen supply chain will let the public see the innovative jobs, techniques and technologies being used to push the boundaries of exploration and production.
“The UK oil and gas industry is a global success story, responsible for some of the most ground-breaking innovations and technologies the world has ever seen with the skills and expertise honed here in the North Sea exported around the globe,” said OPITO UK managing director John McDonald.
“This is the first time that the industry has ever looked to do something of this size and scale to showcase those achievements, to redress the misconception that working in oil and gas means working offshore and to highlight the fantastic career opportunities the sector offers a wide range of people.
“We hope that through this large-scale event, we can help people understand where the opportunities are for them, and help the industry engage with all those it needs to target to fill the skills gap now and in the future.”
Highlights of the schools programme include a pupil-student-professional speed networking event in Aberdeen to link young people with those studying for and working in their target careers.
National Oil and Gas Skills Week will run from 11 to 14 November.