The ECITB has responded to the North Sea Transition Deal, published by Government today (24 March).
Chris Claydon, ECITB Chief Executive, said: “The North Sea Transition Deal provides a welcome roadmap for decarbonisation of the oil and gas sector, which is a key element of the transition to net zero.
“The vision for the existing oil and gas supply chain workforce – based in Aberdeen, the North East of England and other parts of the UK – confirms the vital role they will play in reducing production emissions, and also harnessing the transformative potential of hydrogen, carbon capture and renewable energy technologies which are at the forefront of net zero.
“Following a challenging year for the supply chain hit by both the pandemic and oil price volatility, it is crucial that the industry retains as much of its highly-skilled talent as possible, while bringing in a new cadre of young engineers, crafts people and project professionals in readiness for net zero. Working with employers, the ECITB has supported the retention and continued professional development of young talent in the oil and gas industry over the past year, through our flagship £9m Train to Retain programme. This is providing apprentices, graduates and trainees with vital skills suitable for net zero roles.”
“In addition, our £3m scholarship programme is providing an alternative entry route for young engineers seeking to join the industry and who upon completion will be ready to play their part in the exciting Energy Transition projects.”