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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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New Project Seeks to Boost UK O&G Workforce

Dynamics Review, launched in May, found that if the sector achieves ambitions around the energy transition, oil and gas production and exports, around 40,000 people will need to be recruited into the sector over the next 20 years and 10,000 of those will be in roles that don’t currently exist.John McDonald, CEO of OPITO said, “We received overwhelming support for the findings in the Workforce Dynamics Review and the skills strategy development will now be the priority over the coming months. We want to be able to take swift and appropriate action to safeguard roles, up-skill the existing

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O&G Industry Urged to Support Digital Skills

industry achieves its ambitions around Vision 2035 and the lower carbon transition, tens of thousands more posts can be safeguarded and around 10,000 people will need to be recruited in emerging digital roles that don’t exist today in data analytics, data science, robotics and remote operations.John McDonald, CEO of OPITO said: “As the industry emerges from the downturn, it is crucial that we take a longer term look at the future UK oil and gas skills requirements. A new skills strategy will help us to take action now to prepare for emerging roles and ensure the existing workforce is being

OPITO CEO John McDonald (Photo: OPITO)

O&G Market Study to Examine UKCS Skills

broad job families.   OPITO will work with the Scottish Government through SDS and with the UK Government through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to ensure alignment with government objectives.   OPITO chief executive and Energy Jobs Taskforce member John McDonald said: “My discussions with industry stakeholders and within the Energy Jobs Taskforce identified a clear need for a project which would help us to define a skills strategy for oil and gas. The industry has undergone a number of significant changes over the past few years. These changes

John McDonald (Photo: OPITO)

McDonald Takes the Helm at OPITO

Global safety, standards and workforce development organization OPITO has appointed John McDonald as CEO as the organization seeks to further drive the international skills agenda for the oil and gas industry.   McDonald has been Interim CEO since January and was previously U.K. managing director for OPITO after joining the organization in 2012. The appointment comes after an external and internal recruitment process following the sudden death of former CEO David Doig earlier this year.   John Taylor, chairman of OPITO today welcomed McDonald to the role. He said, “John is a strong

Scottish Firm the 200th OPITO-approved Training Provider

owned by the oil and gas industry. Its aim is to deliver common standards to the global workforce which improve safety and competency. OPITO training standards and workforce development frameworks are currently used by employers in over 45 countries worldwide   OPITO UK managing director John McDonald said: “This is very good news for the entire sector. Every worker has the right to go to work and return home safely. With there now being 200 training provider centers across the world able to deliver OPITO approved qualifications, we’ve turned a huge corner to ensuring the workforce

John McDonald (Photo: OPITO)

O&G Seeks Clarity on New Skills Tax

the Apprenticeship Levy, will be redistributed.   OPITO is concerned that no decision has been made by the Scottish government on this, despite the UK government confirming the amount the Scottish government will receive and clarifying how the money will be spent in England.    John McDonald, UK managing director of OPITO, said, “The apprenticeship levy will be introduced on April 1, 2017. This is essentially a new skills tax to be collected from employers and we are seeking assurance that the money raised will be ring-fenced for new learning and training infrastructure and

Stirling Group Altor Open Doors for O&G Skills Week

the key client representative in the room, all decisions came down to me and I had to remain calm while dealing with a very high pressure situation. “The day was very enjoyable and has given me a good insight into what a career in this area might involve.” OPITO UK managing director John McDonald said, “The Stirling Group Altor event during Doors Open Day fitted perfectly with the ethos behind National Oil and Gas Skills Week; to give people a closer look inside the industry and see the scale of different careers it offers. It’s about opening people up to the myriad of opportunitie

New Skills Resource for the O&G Industry

, teachers or higher education groups and those looking for training information about the oil and gas industry. The resource has been created by industry skills body OPITO, in collaboration with industry partners under the stewardship of the Oil and Gas Industry Council. OPITO managing director John McDonald said, “The UK’s industrial strategy is a crucial tool to rebalance the economy and promote long-term, sustainable growth. The oil and gas industry, as one of the UK’s key economic drivers, plays a vital role in achieving that. “Following intensive research it was clear

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