Over 400,000 people in the UK are employed within the Oil and Gas sector and the industry is booming. In recognition of National Oil and Gas Skills Week, Level 3 Engineering students were offered the chance to experience simulated offshore work environments. Local training company AIS Training invited students to participate in the event, exploring skills and career pathways within the industry.

As a popular career path, many young people are not aware of the training they must complete to work within the sector. The opportunity offered a unique window into what life is like offshore, what is expected and the skills that are required to work within the Oil and Gas industry.  Students participated in practical workshops that included rope access, survival rescue and a helicopter underwater escape training to enhance an understanding of life at sea.

The aim of the event was to primarily inspire future generations to consider the Oil and Gas industry as a career path; offering a wide range of prospects and a variety of job roles. As the first college in the North of England to gain STEM Assured accreditation, TyneMet is committed to exploring opportunities for students to gain a competitive edge and boost their career prospects. Jordan Haggerston (19) studying a BTEC Extended Diploma (Level 3) said:   “I enjoyed all aspects of the training, particularly getting dunked in a helicopter as this was fun to do and gave me an example of what to expect in real life. I was already interested in a career offshore, but this event has made my mind up even more that this is what I want to do”.

TyneMet Pastoral Tutor Lyndsey Moy said: “Many of the young people I speak to are very keen to pursue a career in the Oil and Gas sector, as a lucrative choice this is no surprise; but students are often unaware of the skills the Oil and Gas industry predetermine essential; so to be able to experience simulated scenarios at this stage of education is not only fascinating but offers indispensable experience”.  

Within our region, the North Sea Oil and Gas industry has attracted thousands of people to think ‘Offshore’ and with salaries on a global average of £56,000 per year, it’s no wonder it’s a sector that continues to appeal. Nathan Knight (16) studying BTEC Sub Diploma (Level 3) said: “I really enjoyed the practical activities. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do as a career, but now I know that working offshore is something I would definitely consider and it is something I’m massively interested in”

The Oil and Gas boom has meant a surge in job opportunities but there is a critical skills gap; explains Charlie Guthrie, AIS Training Marketing Manager:  “We are delighted with the response and interest from the future skills for students taster overall 70% of students who attended said they would like to embark upon a career offshore, the concept of the event was evolved from the ethos of National skills week, we wanted to inspire future generations and highlight the key challenges faced not only by Oil and Gas but the Energy sector overall.  Aberdeen usually takes centre stage for anything Oil and Gas related but it’s remarkable that 16% of offshore workers live in the North East; we noticed a gap for training in the region and it’s taken off more than we could have ever imagined”.

For more information on Engineering courses at TyneMet please visit http://www.tynemet.ac.uk/engineering

Find out how to build your career offshore and in renewables by registering with the AIS Training Career Mapper: http://training.aisgroup.co.uk/build-your-career