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    Oil and gas careers portal unveiled

    News // January 25, 2012

    The UK oil and gas industry has unveiled a new website specifically designed to raise awareness of careers opportunities and tackle the need to attract both new and experienced workers to safeguard the future of the £11 billion upstream sector.

    A pan-industry initiative led by OPITO, the industry’s skills body, is the North Sea industry’s official information portal for finding out about working in the sector.

    As well as highlighting the scope of careers both on and offshore, the resource provides the vital link between industry and education, contextualising the curriculum with interactive activities and syllabus-based information on the energy sector which will be accessible to more than 3,000 schools across the UK.

    More than 440,000 people are currently employed in the North Sea industry. Research conducted by OPITO indicates a further 10,000 people are needed to boost skills provision in the industry in the short term with thousands more jobs being created in the years to come.

    Energy Minister Charles Hendry welcomed the initiative, saying: “It is important we attract the brightest and best talent into the oil and gas industry. OPITO’s new website is a very welcome addition to current efforts to address future skill needs. It will provide valuable information to potential new recruits and help schools bring to life the opportunities available to students.”

    The site has gained widespread support from industry with oil majors, independent operators, industry bodies and organisations across the supply chain providing insight and video case studies from more than 25 working professionals outlining their experiences in the oil and gas industry. was officially launched to school pupils in Europe’s oil capital today and will be rolled out across the UK by OPITO through its extensive government, industry and education network. It will also be supported by a national advertising campaign.

    Alison Spice, skills learning development manager at OPITO, said: “There is a wealth of information to be found on the oil and gas industry but until now there has never been a definitive source which brings it all together in an easily understandable and accessible way.

    “ is OPITO’s answer to a recognised need within the industry to attract young people and show the diverse and long-term career opportunities it offers and marks a significant investment by the UK industry towards bringing these various strands together into a cohesive resource which provides comprehensive information for people of all ages, skills and interests.”

    The site is split into three main sections: Oil & Gas Explorers is geared to introducing primary-age children to the world of oil and gas through fun activities and games. This section aims to show the relevance of oil and gas in everyday life and provide interesting snippets of information that capture the imagination.

    The Career Explorer - targeted at secondary school pupils, students and recent graduates – provides detailed information on the wide range of job roles including typical duties, basic entry requirements, salaries, training and career development.
    Finally, the Oil & Gas Jobs section provides guidance on entry routes and training for skilled professionals and new entrants to the industry looking to switch careers. It is also linked to where visitors can find out about current vacancies in the global industry.

    The site also has video case studies covering a wide range of job roles from pilots, engineers and project directors to environmental advisors, accountants, geologists and lawyers engaged in the oil and gas sector; as well as an ‘Ask a Professional’ section where visitors can pose specific questions about careers they are interested in.

    “By drawing on the experiences of those working in the industry, contextualising the curriculum and providing guidance on career development, we hope to open up our industry and influence a whole new generation to consider it as a career,” added Ms Spice.

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