Aims to address potential future skills shortages in the oil and gas sector
Industry body UK Oil & Gas it to host its first ever Scottish skills summit in Aberdeen later this month aimed at addressing potential future skills shortages in the oil and gas sector.
The summit, which will include senior figures from the oil and gas industry, is backed by EnQuest and Maersk Oil.
Dr Alix Thom, UK Oil and Gas employment and skills issues manager, said: "We've known in the industry for some time that there exists a 'skills gap' - where the demand for experienced skilled workers has outstripped the supply.
"Similarly, we know that women are very much under-represented, particularly, but not only, in the offshore workforce, and they constitute a significant untapped talent pool.
"The time has come to tackle this issue head-on if we are to guarantee a long-term future for the oil and gas industry in the UK."
News of the summit follows on from a report by accountant PwC which suggests Aberdeen will need to attract 120,000 new recruits by 2022 if it's to retain its status as a global energy hub.
PwC's Northern Lights: One Year On report suggests a shortage of skilled workers could threaten Aberdeen's long-term future, and suggests the city will need to attract new recruits in numbers similar to the city's entire oil and gas workforce at present to replace an ageing workforce – almost half of whom are over 45.
The UK Oil & Gas skills summit will take place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on Wednesday September 19.