OPITO The Oil & Gas Academy is the focal point for skills, learning and workforce development in the industry, delivering the right skills for the industry now and in the future. It works with a wide variety of stakeholders to identify and meet the skills requirements for the global oil & gas industry. These stakeholders come from the industry itself, the government and education. The oil & gas industry´s activities are both upstream and downstream. The Academy was established by businesses in the upstream oil and gas industry. It aims to meet demands for a safe and effective workforce. The Academy works with industry employers, training providers, higher education and partnership organisations to achieve this.
The Academy´s funding comes from providing services to employers in the industry. It also works with schools, colleges and universities to ensure that the learning supply chain meets the skills requirements of industry. To achieve this the Academy not only promotes the importance of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to students´ future careers, but also the range and diversity of business-related subjects (business studies, accountancy, ICT and craft & design) required across the industry.
The Academy supports the oil and gas industry in a number of ways:
It shows leadership through setting industry standards. The standards provide a framework for the whole industry in areas such as Health and Safety. The standards are then developed into nationally recognised training schemes.
It works with employers to identify their current and future workforce needs, both in terms of numbers of workers and the skills required.
It provides effective links between employers and training providers. There are currently 40 Academy-approved training centres in the UK and a further 60 centres across the rest of the world. However this number is growing rapidly as training providers seek accreditation to deliver industry-approved standards. Each year over 100,000 of the oil and gas workforce are trained in these standards. This helps to bring about consistency in practices and increased workforce competency.
It provides information about careers in the industry through events, roadshows and its website. It gives advice on the skills and qualifications needed for entry into different job roles.
It also provides information on how to access the industry´s modern apprenticeships.
International Business Units deliver the Academy´s work in 28 countries across Europe, the Far and Middle East, Australasia and the USA. Although based in the UK, the Academy has gained a high profile globally. By raising awareness of the many opportunities available to young people, the Academy aims to show how existing skills and qualifications can be transferred into the oil and gas industry.
This case study shows the importance of primary sector activities in the oil and gas industry, highlighting the range of work and the skills required.