Baker’s Bulletin - Tough times for the oil and gas industry

In my last column I wrote about the downturn in the local economy faced by the Oil and Gas sector having a widespread impact on our local economy, and I highlighted that more needs to be done to support those affected.

In response to the challenging environment the oil and gas industry is currently facing, Oil & Gas UK have arranged a free Graduate Skills Workshop next week for graduates who have been made redundant as a result of the downturn. The workshop is being held at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre on Wednesday 16 December and will be interactive with CV advice, soft skills sessions and access to careers advisers from professional bodies. The aim of the workshop is not to job match or offer recruitment but to support young people who have recently graduated, and others experiencing redundancy, understand what actions they can take to increase their employability in the industry and to broaden their awareness of other industries where their skills may be in demand.

Representatives from Skills Development Scotland, The Energy Institute, OPITO, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre, the Association of Project Management, University careers advisors and the nuclear sector will be in attendance at the event offering their advice. The keynote speech will be delivered by Matt Corbin, UK Managing Director – Aker Subsea of Aker Solutions. This event is exactly the kind of response we need to see from the industry in response to these challenging times and I congratulate Oil & Gas UK for arranging it.

It is hugely important that we do all we can to support those facing redundancy as a result of the downturn in Oil and Gas so that we can continue to witness the buoyancy which the North East economy has shown over the past few years. Events like these are an example of the good work that can be done to help those who have been affected. However there is more that needs done including delivering the hugely important Aberdeen City Region Deal which will ensure the industry remains in Aberdeen despite the downturn and help retain the skills and expertise we have here. This is crucial work for the future.