Visit to Sullom Voe and meeting with Shetland employers
Andy was joined by ECITB’s Head of New Entrants, Adrian Wookey, and Scotland Account Manager and local guide, Sophie Anderson.
Sophie has engaged a host of stakeholders on the forecasted skills shortage on the islands in the face of significant project developments across all sectors of the power and process industries.
The team visited the Sullom Voe Oil Terminal with EnQuest Maintenance Superintendent, Jason Jamieson, and then met with local engineering employers as well as the Highlands & Islands Enterprise.
Andy explained: “The main aim of the visit was to speak with asset owners, local contractors, Highland & Islands Enterprise and UHI Shetland on how to collaborate to optimise opportunities to meet the challenges.
“In an attempt to augment the current recruitment activities of the local contractors and to support the larger, national contractors that are based on the islands, the ECITB is currently sponsoring a group of mechanical learners through UHI Shetland on an ECITB Scholarship with another cohort starting in September 2023.
“The ECITB team convened a group of employers, UHI Shetland, Skills Development Scotland and DYW (Developing the Young Workforce) to discuss how a collaborative approach to skills may achieve better outcomes from new entrant programmes. In particular, around specific upskilling activities such as Mechanical Joint Integrity or Small Bore Tubing, none of which is readily available on the islands but for which there is a steady demand.
“Key to this collaboration is support and advocacy from the two main process sector employers, EnQuest and TotalEnergies, which respectively operate the oil terminal and gas plant at Sullom Voe.
“The only way to make a dent in the skills challenges is to work collaboratively across the project life cycle. Asset owner advocacy is vital to achieving the right skills solution.
“Once that is in place, we can work with training providers on the programme and contractors on the competence assurance and employment.”