Delivering quality-assured training
On this apprenticeship theme, I was also lucky enough to welcome the latest cohort of learners on to the Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme (OGTAP) during their induction day at Forth Valley College in Falkirk.
The campus tour was enlightening, with Principal Kenny MacInnes underlining the college’s willingness to work closely with the ECITB to deliver quality-assured training.
I also paid a visit to North East Scotland College (NESCol) in Aberdeen, had a tour of its Altens Campus and met with Principal Neil Cowie.
This is another great example of an advanced facility providing a pipeline of young people into industry. It was great to hear how NESCol wants to collaborate with us to provide the most up-to-date courses possible to achieve this.
The Altens Campus will also host a skills hub as part of the flagship Energy Transition Zone (ETZ) project in Aberdeen, and my trip offered a great opportunity to discuss with ETZ CEO Maggie McGinlay and her team how the ECITB can provide support to help build the proposition, with the facility due to open next year.
The ETZ is located next to Aberdeen South Harbour which will be at the heart of a sustainable, integrated energy transition cluster and will help provide a single point of contact for the energy industry to access a wide range of training and skills development programmes.
On this theme of energy transition, my introductory meeting with Myrtle Dawes, who is CEO of the Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC) in Aberdeen, helped create a link where we will work in a collaborative fashion with the NZTC advising us on promoting the use of technology.
This tour of Scotland helped strengthen the ties between the ECITB and all the different pieces of the jigsaw in the industry.
It also underlined the important role we all have in delivering, growing and maintaining a skilled engineering construction workforce fit for the future.
I look forward to listening to our partners across the rest of Great Britain as I continue my programme of stakeholder visits.
Blog by ECITB Chief Executive Andrew Hockey