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Aberdeen is recognised as the Offshore Energy Capital of Europe. Regarded as the centre of excellence and a world leader in downhole drilling and sub-sea technology.

It is over 30 years since oil first flowed in the North Sea.

More than a quarter of a century of:

  • Exploration, Development and Production
  • Experience
  • Creating a Mature Infrastructure

A whole new industry of Operators, Contractors and Service companies has grown up to service the North Sea with 100,000 jobs in Scotland dependant on oil and gas.

Aberdeens engineering industry has been at the forefront of developing new technologies for the worlds oil & gas industries at every phase of offshore development. The engineering sector is firmly at the leading edge of offshore technology, creating innovative solutions in electrical engineering, mechanical, instrument, process and structural engineering.

Project Management

Further to the recent success of the Project Management Conference in October 2013, the Offshore Team have been working hard in planning a series of Project Management Activities for 2014, based on your feedback, and which address critical issues facing the Industry today.

If you would like to view presentations from the 2013 Conference please click this link here.

A Project Management Working group will aid and influence the events and programmes that will be delivered this year to ensure all the subjects covered and the expert speakers are appropriate and relevant to our Industry to help maximise your development and influence your current work and organisational practices.

These programmes will include;

  • A Regional Project Management Mentoring Programme
  • Project Management Master Classes 
  • Cranfield University Project Management Programmes (Simulation based);
  • ECITB Project Management ACTIVE Cup
  • Improving Project Performance

If you would like further details on any of the information above please contact the Regional Office on 01224 289734 or email lynsey.benson@ecitb.org.uk or susan.smart@ecitb.org.uk

Upstream Oil and Gas Industry Technician Training Scheme

The Upstream Oil and Gas Industry Technician Training Scheme equips motivated candidates with the skills and knowledge to work onshore or offshore in the following disciplines:  

  • Electrical Maintenance
  • Instrument & Control Maintenance
  • Mechanical Maintenance
  • Process Operations

The scheme, which is jointly managed by ECITB and OPITO,  is fully funded by the Oil and Gas Extraction Industry and is recognised as one of the most successful modern apprenticeship programmes of its kind.  Application forms for entry onto this year’s  scheme are now closed.  

For more information click here, or call 01224 289734 or www.opito.com call 01224 787810  . 


Launch of Offshore Oil & Gas Project Management Mentoring Initiative

A group of Senior Industry Practitioners have come together in an effort to enhance Project Management Capability in the Offshore sector, and impart some wisdom and experience to those developing their skillset in the Project Management Discipline.

The Offshore Project Management Steering Group (OPMSG) coordinated by the ECITB, have this week launched a pilot programme to mentor 14 young professionals from the Aberdeen area already working in the Oil & Gas Industry, to further develop their behaviours and competence in project delivery.  Mentors from Shell, Maersk, Apache, WGPSN, AMEC, Aker, Petrofac and Global Energy Group have all joined forces to help address the critical skills shortage of Project Managers working in the Oil & Gas sector.

Tony Maplesden, Chair of the OPMSG commented ‘The role of the Steering Group is to enhance awareness of both the Technical and Non-Technical skills required in delivering effective North Sea Projects and in doing so, bringing Industry together to promote good practice. The Mentoring Programme initiative evolved from direct feedback from the local community and we are delighted to offer these aspiring Project Managers one-to-one development from experts in the field and also an experience which will undoubtedly be a very enjoyable & rewarding one in the careers.”

Once a review of the Pilot Programme has been conducted early next year, it is envisage that the programme will then be rolled out to a larger number of candidates within the Sector in the summer of 2015.

Picture below left to right; Mark Richardson – Apache, Shona Campbell – Maersk, Austin Hand – Shell, Tony Maplesden – WGPSN and Jim Thompson – Aker Solutions.

Wood Group PSN Take Winners Trophy at ECITB ‘Offshore’ Project Management Cup 2014

Aberdeen was host to the inaugural Engineering Construction Industry Training Board’s (ECITB) ‘Offshore’ Project Management Competition 2014 known as the ACTIVE Cup, where Wood Group PSN, battled it out to take home the winner’s trophy.

The ACTIVE Cup is a project management competition, run for the ECITB by Cranfield School of Management, as part of a programme of Project Management training. Their unique competition encourages a collaborative approach to planning and executing projects for Major Offshore Operators, Contractors & Sub-contracting communities. Teams from across the Offshore engineering construction industry participated in this weekend’s simulated project.

It was a closely fought competition with Siemens taking second place and AMEC following in third.

ECITB Operations Director Andy Brown presented the winning team with the prestigious trophy, he said: “The ACTIVE Cup is a fantastic way for employers to reinforce the project skills which we need to deliver infrastructure projects, from concept all the way through to completion. It’s really great to see the teams getting immersed in this challenging but fun project and I congratulate Wood Group PSN on their success.”

Each of the teams were tasked with planning and executing a simulated project with the focus, and judging, being on applying non-adversarial behaviours and fostering innovation and risk & reward strategies throughout the entire supply chain.  This approach increases the likelihood of the project being delivered on budget (another judging element), and is in line with key themes from the Wood Review in encouraging and working with industry to tackle the spiralling cost increases in North Sea projects.

Over the course of the three day event, the teams received tutorials before being asked to demonstrate their understanding of project management planning techniques throughout the full project life cycle. This means developing a proper relationship between costs, schedules and cash flow, project risk management, commercial awareness and personal organisation and behaviour.

Project Management skills are essential to the delivery of major engineering construction projects and the ECITB invests £5 million annually to support organisations develop their Project Management, Project Control and Leadership capabilities.

The ACTIVE Cup is just one of the project management training events delivered by the ECITB and has been running for an impressive 18 years, however this is the first competition to be run in the region for the Offshore community.  The competition was a huge success and dates for 2015 competition have now been confirmed. Up to 12 teams are entered by employers from the engineering construction industry to enhance the skills of their employees, through the management of a computer simulated fixed price construction project. 

For further information about how to take part in the next Offshore Project Management Cup in February 2015, Email: ecitb@ecitb.org.uk

For more information about the ECITB go to: www.ecitb.org.uk and for more information about Cranfield University: www.cranfield.ac.uk


ECITB Certificate in Project Controls

A mixture of registered and non-registered employers saw the latest Offshore cohort complete the ECITB Certificate in Project Controls (City & Guilds), whereby 5 learners delivered an excellent presentation centred around the Granite Project Simulation.  The learners demonstrated basic project control techniques of estimating, planning, contract and procurement strategies around the design, engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning of a sub-structure for an offshore drilling rig.

The learners were; Emma Yeats - Amec, Freya Knight - Aker, Linsey Stephen - Amec, David Brown - Global and Annabel Norton - Marathon. All have successfully completed the ECITB Qualification awarded by the City & Guilds. 




Offshore Office

  • Suite 11
  • Enterprise Business Centre
  • Admiral Court, Poynernook Road
  • Aberdeen
  • Scotland
  • AB11 5QX
  • 01224 289734 (tel)
  • 01224 289735 (fax)


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