September 17, 2020

More than 200 people joined OGUK’s Industry Insights webinar for young professionals today (Thursday, September 17) to hear how the sector is working to advance new technologies on the route to net zero. 

The free event, sponsored by Halliburton, centred around the skills required for the future in reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 in the UK and by 2045 in Scotland, and how important the next generation of talent will be in realising the full potential of the UK’s oil and gas industry through the energy transition.

The audience also heard from a panel of speakers including Ryan Fernando, workshop supervisor at Aker Solutions (2018 winner of OGUK apprentice of the year), Martin White, vice president at Halliburton, Alix Thom, workforce engagement and skills manager at OGUK, Francesca Bell, business advisor at OGUK, and Paul de Leeuw, director of the RGU Energy Transition Institute, Robert Gordon University.

The webinar was chaired by OGUK’s continuous improvement manager, Emily Taylor, who said:

“We are delighted with the success of this third virtual Industry Insights event, which centred around skills for the future, taking a deep dive into Geosciences before looking at the entire industry. The session also gave the audience insights into the energy transition and allowed them to voice their personal experiences of the industry.

“Through the energy transition, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to show how we can build a more diverse and lower carbon energy mix in a way that embraces the skills and talents of our people, and young professionals will have a huge part to play in helping drive that forward.

“Understanding how we can meet the ambitions outlined in Roadmap 2035 will require fresh thinking and OGUK is passionate about ensuring everyone can make a valuable contribution on our journey to becoming a net zero basin.”

The webinar follows the success of three Industry Insight events hosted by OGUK over the past year, including one focused solely on interns which was attended by over 100 young people with placements in operator, service and supply chain companies.