A new training initiative offering newly qualified divers to step straight into a job within the oil and gas industry has been launched.
The three-year Stork Dive Trainee Programme is the “first” of its kind in Scotland and aims to offer those undertaking diver training an opportunity to gain experience and knowledge of the industry.
Successful trainees will initially work with dive technicians and be involved in maintaining dive systems and logistics. They will also work with the onshore dive team and complete around 80-100 days diving offshore.
The news comes at a time when the UK is facing a dramatic skills shortage in the oil and gas sector as well as an ageing population of commercial divers.
Scotland’s Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “The need for divers in relation to subsea work and maintenance of infrastructure is considerable and therefore we hugely welcome this initiative which will help to build further on the quality of training delivered there.
“The oil and gas sector is vitally important to Scotland’s economy. With more than half of the value of the North Sea’s oil and gas reserves yet to be extracted, oil and gas will remain an enormous economic resource and a major employer of a highly skilled workforce for decades to come.”
Diver training facility The Underwater Centre and Stork Technical Services launched the programme.