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Encouraging Effective Use of Skills. Gillian Black, Policy Affairs Director 12 January 2010. Aims. Overview of OPITO – The Oil and Gas Academy; Encouraging effective use of skills – why, what and how? Some challenges. Overview of OPITO, The Oil and Gas Academy.

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Encouraging effective use of skills

Encouraging Effective Use of Skills

Gillian Black, Policy Affairs Director

12 January 2010


Encouraging effective use of skills

Aims

Overview of OPITO – The Oil and Gas Academy;

Encouraging effective use of skills – why, what and how?

Some challenges


Overview of opito the oil and gas academy

Overview of OPITO, The Oil and Gas Academy

Ensures industry has a safe, effective and skilled workforce;

Independent, owned by industry and trade unions, self-sustaining, not for profit, global;

Invests over £10m per annum on skills and workforce development issues, any surplus is reinvested to improve safety and skills;

Works in collaboration with industry employers, learning and training providers, education/academia, Government organisations

Cross-industry governance board – Operators, Contractors, Well Services, Drillers, Subsea, Trade Unions, HSE offshore division


Encouraging effective use of skills why some lessons from the past

Encouraging effective use of skills – Why? Some lessons from the past


Encouraging effective use of skills what can we do

As the Industry’s Academy:

Take all opportunities to cascade message, encourage organisational buy-in, demonstrate best practice

Highlight our “GEM” system

Innovative bonus scheme to support, encourage and reward working behaviours for effective business practice

9 identified behaviours identified as being important to OPITO’s culture and values

Much evidence where actions, behaviours and attitudes have led to measurable value to organisation

Encouraging effective use of skills – What can we do?


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Encouraging effective use of skills – What can we do?

  • Harness the potential of the next generation – 5 star code of practice to improve productivity. Opportunity to create an industry “standard”?

  • Involved in 2 SFC funded Skills Utilisation projects

    • RGU/Aberdeen College to develop an employability/productivity best practice model for industry

    • OU Scotland “Recognising and Enhancing Skills Acquired in the Engineering Workplace: From Modern Apprenticeships to BEng”

  • Profile PSN as an example of good practice for their learning and competence management system = improved productivity and workforce satisfaction


Encouraging effective use of skills how

New Cross- Industry Skills Forum – currently under way

led by the Academy

a forum for any skills issues or needs affecting the industry or individual companies to be brought to the Academy’s attention

open to any company working within the UK upstream oil and gas industry

membership made up of those actively involved in the areas of skills, training and education

link in to existing skills groups/academia at a senior and working group level

coordinate sub groups to address particular issues or projects when required

Encouraging effective use of skills – How?


But challenges

… But challenges

  • Short term corporate agenda v long-term altruistic agenda

  • Encouraging skills innovation in all organisations

  • Sharing of best practice in a competitive industry

  • Industry enthusiasm for skills agenda which is not life-threatening


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