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Subsea UK launches toolkit to offset skills shortage in subsea sector

14th November 2013

Industry body develops toolkit to help companies grow their own talent, as British subsea companies need 16,000 new workers

Subsea UK launches toolkit to offset skills shortage in subsea sector
British subsea companies need as much as 16,000 to help increase their 45 per cent share of a market valued at an estimated USD 32bn

Subsea UK has created a "toolkit” to help companies develop their own talent as the industry faces a shortfall of people, the industry body said in a written statement on Wednesday. British subsea companies need as much as 16,000 to help increase their 45 per cent share of a market valued at an estimated USD 32bn.

 

Developed in collaboration with other companies, the "toolkit” is part of Subsea UK’s focused workforce development programme, Subsea Target, which aims to help subsea companies accelerate the pace at which they can develop and deploy people with the relevant skills or potential as well as providing advice and guidance to individuals trying to get into the subsea sector.

 

Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, said: "Not a day goes by when we don’t hear about the acute shortage of skills in oil and gas. The subsea sector is already showing signs of being constrained by this. If we carry on trying to solve the skills issues using the current solutions, we will not achieve growth. That’s why our approach is different.”

 

“We aim to help firms develop the additional support and infrastructure required to cross people over effectively so that they become fully functional in a subsea role as quickly as possible,” Gordon added.

 

Subsea Target provides support for existing training and development initiatives as well as helping individual companies grow their own talent through access to programmes such as the subsea engineer conversion course, transition training focused on ex-military personnel, subsea on-line learning and apprenticeship schemes.

 

 

Some 15 subsea companies have already signed up for Subsea Target and are working to develop a successful programme for the recruitment and retention of competent staff, including a focus on those with transferable skills.