Robert Gordon University (RGU) has been awarded funding to create a skills development framework for the oil and gas sector in Mexico.
The university secured the funding, which will be delivered by the British Embassy in Mexico, from the British Government’s Prosperity Fund.
The framework will provide recommendations on how to address the potential skills gap in the Mexican oil and gas industry over the next 15 years, both at graduate and vocational level.
Drawing on its expertise and experience of working both in the North Sea and internationally, RGU will advise the Ministry of Energy in Mexico (SENER) on appropriate delivery models to train and further develop the Mexican workforce, and to secure a pipeline of future talent.
Although Mexico has a long-standing track record as one of the leading hydrocarbon producing countries in the world, it is estimated that it will require more than 135,000 additional skilled people in the oil and gas industry over the next 15 years in order to meet the ambitious production targets set by the government.
Professor Paul de Leeuw, Director of RGU’s Oil & Gas Institute, said: “The Energy Reform in Mexico presents huge opportunities for the Mexican oil and gas sector. RGU is delighted to undertake this important review on behalf of the FCO and to advise the Mexican Government on skills development options for Mexico.”
The project builds on the relationship RGU has been developing with SENER following the visit from the President of Mexico,Enrique Peña Nieto and his delegation to the university in March 2015, and builds on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which RGU signed with SENER in September 2015.
This project is funded by the British Embassy in Mexico as part of its Prosperity Fund energy programme. This programme seeks to support Mexico’s economic development and create commercial opportunities in the energy sector. Through the Prosperity Fund, the British Government has supported Mexico to shape its energy legislation based on international best practices.
The British Ambassador to Mexico, Duncan Taylor, said: “We aim to build a strong partnership that promotes an open, robustly-regulated Mexican energy sector with significant British collaboration. The UK is a global centre of energy excellence and we hope our experience can contribute to the successful implementation of Mexico's new energy markets.”
RGU has also recently been identified as a partner university for Mexican SENER-CONACYT scholarships, enabling Mexican students to study oil and gas related Masters and PhD programmes at RGU.