NOF Energy is to launch the Jobs4Energy Recruitment Fair 2008 - a new recruitment event to help address the skills shortage facing the oil, gas and energy-related sectors.
Jointly sponsored by Amec, a major supplier to the energy industry with a base in Darlington, the fair takes place on June 12 at St James’ Park in Newcastle.
It will provide North-east people with the chance to find out more about career opportunities in the oil and gas and energy industries.
Already in 2008, the energy sector has begun gearing up for new developments following significant finds including the discovery of oil, condensate and gas at a North Sea well by Danish company DONG.
With the sectors facing ever-increasing skills gaps due to the challenges of an ageing workforce, coupled with the continual development of new energy-generating opportunities, this event will provide a showcase for employers hoping to attract new entrants to the industry.
The event, which is being sponsored by a number of organisations including Jobs@pertemps, will play host to around 30 employers from the oil, gas and energy sectors.
It is also open to experienced energy professionals looking for a new challenge and skilled workers who want to move into the sector from other industries.
Also invited to attend will be schools, colleges and universities to help them find out more about employment opportunities on behalf of their students.
The event will also help forge new links between education and employers to arrange work placements, apprenticeships and graduate programmes.
George Rafferty, NOF Energy Chief Executive, said: “The skills shortage in the energy sectors has the potential to be very damaging to British industry with companies like BP filling less than 40% of its employment gaps with new entrants to its sector.
“However, we are convinced there are people in the North-east who would be perfectly suited to careers in the energy sectors.
“The Jobs4Energy Recruitment Fair will provide an effective conduit for companies looking to tap into the North-east’s pool of new and existing employees.”
Stephen Hope, operations director from Jobs4Energy exhibitor and sponsor Amec/Primat Recruitment, said: “The Jobs4Energy Recruitment Fair will allow us to showcase our business and the job opportunities we have to the North-east.
“NOF Energy has a strong understanding of the skills challenges our industries face as well as the opportunities we can create.
“There is a positive appetite among energy sector employers for talented and motivated people from the region to become important members of the workforce.
“Anyone interested in working for Amec should either attend the Jobs4Energy Recruitment Fair or contact www.amec.com and www.primatrecruitment.com”