Advanced Industrial Solutions (AIS) has appointed education expert Rob Storey to grow its links with local schools, colleges, universities and skills bodies to inspire and prepare the next generation of offshore workers.
Rob from Felling takes up the position of group skills and education manager at AIS, where he will be responsible for engaging with the local education sector to develop new training opportunities for young people. He will also engage with skills sector bodies to help shape training programmes that meet future industry needs.
No stranger to the UK skills and education industry, Rob has held senior-level positions in both the public and private sector, most recently as business development manager at Newcastle College. Here Rob helped develop the college’s capability in the energy sector resulting in it becoming the first and main subsea engineering manufacturing technology Centre of Expertise in England.
His extensive experience also includes a four-year stint as regional director with the Cogent Sector Skills Council where he worked closely with the oil and gas, nuclear and pharmaceuticals industries to identify and tackle industry skills shortages.
Prior to that Rob has worked for several industry bodies including the Engineering Services National Training Organisation, the Building and Engineering Services Association and the Construction Industry Training Board, as well as Gateshead Council.
He said: “It’s great to be able to bring my knowledge and extensive network of contacts to such an ambitious and forward-thinking company. AIS is keen to work closely with the skills and education sector to develop unique and innovative energy learning programmes that meet future industry needs.
“My priority in spearheading these exciting developments is to ensure that AIS becomes recognised as the trusted and valued industrial partner of choice for the region’s education providers.”
AIS managing director Paul Stonebanks said: “Rob has an excellent reputation within the field of skills, education and training and we are delighted that he has agreed to join us. At AIS we train more than 11,000 delegates every year for the global oil and gas, maritime and wind industries from our state-of-the-art facilities but we recognise the importance of reaching out to the next generation of workers.
“With Rob at the helm, we are now planning a number of initiatives to engage with skills bodies and local educational establishments to develop new training programmes which will inspire and attract people to the sector. As well as helping to boost the number of youngsters choosing a vocational career route in global energy, we are aiming to raise the skills and competency levels for industry’s future workforce.”