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, Senior Project Controls Engineer, Amec Foster Wheeler

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 2016 mentors from Shell, Maersk, Apache, Wood Group, AMEC Foster Wheeler, Aker Solutions, Petrofac, Subsea 7, Crondall Energy and Global Energy Group have joined forces to raise the capability of Project Managers working in the oil & gas industry.  In total 29 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)

2017 Mentoring Programme Launch

The 2017 PM Mentoring Programme was launched at Wood Group, in Aberdeen, on Thursday 25th May.   

Neil Pickering, ECITB Regional Chair welcomed the Mentors, Mentees and members of the Offshore Project Management Steering Group (OPMSG) to the event with speakers Chris Claydon, Shona Campbell and John Butler sharing their thoughts on the programme.

The event was an opportunity for networking among the PM Mentoring group (mentors, mentees and OPMSG) as well as allowing mentees and mentors to meet informally prior to first mentoring meeting.  Shona Campbell as a Programme Mentor and John Butler as a previous Mentee shared their learnings and top tips for how to get the best out of the mentoring programme and relationship

The Project Management Mentoring Programme

The programme has brought 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 of project managers. 

As a cross-sector initiative it offers 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 is 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 the 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 


Applications are now closed for the 2017 Programme.  If you are interested in participating in a future programme please email PM-Mentoring@ecitb.org.uk to note your interest and you will be notified when the next recruitment commences.

Program Process and Dates for 2017

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

Key dates for 2017

Accepting Mentee Applications close

7 April 2017

Mentors Event – mentors only

3 May 2017

Mentee Induction Event

25 May 2017

Program Launch Event - mentors & mentees

25 May 2017

Six-month Mentoring Program

June – November 2017

Program Close Out Event & Feedback – mentors & mentees

7 December 2017

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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