Mentoring Programme

“This ECITB Programme is one of the best initiatives I have been part of during my time in the Oil and Gas Industry.” Rob Knox, Mentee.

The effective delivery of projects at world-leading standards is vital to the future well-being of the oil and gas sector. The Offshore Project Management Steering Group (OPMSG) has brought Senior Industry Practitioners together in an effort to enhance Project Management capability in the Offshore sector, and impart some wisdom and experience to those developing their skillset in Project Management.

In 2014 to 2017 mentors from Shell, Maersk, Apache, Wood, Worley Parsons, Aker Solutions, Petrofac, Subsea 7, Fairfield, Centrica, Oceaneering, Xodus, Pro-Fection and Global Energy Group have joined forces to address the critical skills shortage of Project Managers working in the oil & gas industry.In total 38 mentees have completed a programme of mentoring to date.

With overwhelmingly positive feedback from previous programmes the 2017 Project Management Mentoring Programme has now commenced with 12 pairings of mentors and mentees.

“The Mentoring Programme initiative evolved from direct feedback from the local community and we are delighted to offer these aspiring Project Managers one-to-one development from experts in the field and also an experience which will undoubtedly be a very enjoyable & rewarding one in the careers” (Tony Maplesden, former Chair OPMSG and Mentor)

2018 Mentoring Programme Launch

The programme will bring together mentors and mentees from a cross section of companies including operators, tier one contractors and the wider supply chain where senior industry practitioners, with a track record of successful project management, will lend their invaluable knowledge and experience to the development ofproject managers.

As a cross-sector initiative it can offer a wider perspective on mentoring than many internal schemes, taking into account areas such as client and customer engagement, external specialist knowledge and greater collaboration between different organisations working within the same Industry.The fact that mentors are from different organisations was one of the major benefits agreed by previous mentees - enabling empowering discussions and exposure to broader PM networks and perspectives from other areas of industry.

During a six-month guided relationship, mentors and mentees will agree together the target areas for development and then work towards set objectives and plans tailored to the needs of the individual mentee. The scope of mentoring will include Project Management Tools, Behaviours and Leadership Development, in the context of operations within the oil and gas sector.

There are two levels of mentoring within the programme, Foundation and Strategic Level, to accommodate suitable alignment in mentee’s career progression.

Please see the Project Management Mentoring Flyer

Mentee Applications

Applications are being invited from Project Management Professionals in the oil and gas industry who are interested in receiving six-months of project management mentoring from experienced industry leaders in the Aberdeen area. Mentee applications are being accepted until 12 April 2018. Application forms & CV should be submitted via email to pm-mentoring@ecitb.org.uk.

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Experience / Prerequisites

Mentee’s should already be working within the Oil & Gas Sector and working within a Project Management / Project Controls role, and would like to develop / enhance their skills and competence in this area.

The Mentors will initially be from the Aberdeen area, and as such, the Mentees must be local to the area or prepared to travel at their own expense.

For the Foundation Mentoring Programme applicants must have achieved:

  • APMP / APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) / IPMA Level D (or equivalent) and have 3 years’ relevant experience as a minimum


  • have 5 years’ relevant projects experience as a minimum.

For those wishing to pursue the Strategic Level Mentoring Programme applicants must have:

  • have minimum 5 years’ experience in industry including managing complex projects


  • be looking to take on a leadership and business strategy alignment role.

Mentor Applications

Applications are also invited from Project Management Professionals who are interested in becoming an ECITB Recognised Project Management Mentor.For further information about the program, and mentoring levels, please see the attached flyer.Please submit an expression of interest and CV via email to pm-mentoring@ecitb.org.uk with statement of experience in the Oil & Gas Industry and mentoring and reasons for wishing to commit to PM mentoring.

Program Process and Dates for 2018

The Programme Overview shows the key stages in the recruitment process and mentoring programme.

Key dates for 2018

Accepting Mentee Applications close 12 April 2018
Mentors Event – mentors only training event in morning (optional),all mentors required for pairing in afternoon 15 May 2018
Mentee Induction Event (morning) 29 May 2018
Program Launch Event - mentors & mentees (afternoon) 29 May 2018
Six-month Mentoring Program June – November 2018
Program Close Out Event & Feedback – mentors & mentees 6 December 2018

It’s a credit to the industry that they have pulled together to share knowledge and experience across a competitive environment for the good of the industry as a whole,” Andy Brown, director of Regional Operations at the ECITB.

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