With signs showing the oil and gas market is starting to recover from the downturn, it is more important than ever for companies to ensure skilled staff are in place to plug the looming skills shortage.
For leading offshore services firm Motive Offshore, headquartered in Boyndie near Banff, training the future talent of tomorrow is extremely important and the company has continued to employ a high number of apprentices over the years.
Providing a first-class service means that Motive is extremely passionate about developing its team to ensure that its clients always receive a high level of work allowing them to meet their business objectives.
The firm, which has a skilled workforce of 60 members of staff across its marine equipment manufacture, rental and fabrication divisions, has continued to roll out its apprenticeship scheme to new members of staff.
Motive Offshore Directors, James Gregg, and Dave Acton, both started their careers as apprentices and have played an instrumental role in continuing to develop strong links with North East Scotland College, ITCA, Skills Development Scotland and local secondary schools.
Today, the firm employs two apprentice fabricators; two craft apprentices; an apprentice fitter and an apprentice machinist.
The latest intake follow in the footsteps of four previous apprentices who all gained full time employment with Motive on completion of their apprenticeships, as hydraulic technician, fabricator, machinist and fitter.
"As the oil and gas industry starts to pick up again, companies need to become proactive in providing job opportunities. Not only will this improve employability in an incredibly difficult market, it will also benefit the business and ultimately the economy of the North-east. At Motive we recognise the importance of investing in continuous learning and development for all ages. We see our apprentice programme as a vital link in the succession planning process and an important step in building a stronger business."James Gregg, Director, Motive Offshore
Apprentices at Motive aren’t purely workshop based, assistant accountant Lauren Stronach also completed an apprenticeship at the firm and plans are now in place to add a finance apprentice to the team.
Currently Motive is also advertising for four new craft apprentices and intends to fill these positions by the end of summer.
Apprenticeships are a valuable asset to a company and the training that apprentices at Motive receive gives them first hand, on the job experience.