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Skills Organisations are generally non-profit making bodies who concentrate on attracting, developing and retaining skills for the Oil and Gas industry. Examples of Oil and Gas skills organisations are OPITO, ECITB and Skills for Energy.
Onshore oil & gas production in the UK has a 150-year history, with the first oil produced onshore in Scotland's Midland Valley in 1851, and the first natural gas produced in the 1890's in Sussex.
2,000 oil & gas wells have been drilled onshore in the UK since that time, around 200 of which have been hydraulically fractured - the first hydraulic fracture is believed to have been performed int he 1960's.
Industry Trade Associations represent their member companies on areas of common interest - promoting dialogue and engaging with government and external organisations. Establishing workgroups comprising subject matter experts from member companies to develop guidance on current technical issues is a major part of their role.
Training standards set the benchmark, and relate to, the development of skills required to work in the oil & gas industry. There are a range of training standards and competence management systems to explore.
Research into oil & gas is conducted regularly by Government, industry organisations, industry bodies, professional advisors and consultancy firms and cover a range of different issues and topics.
Institutes can provide a wide range of services and benefits for both employers and employees in the oil & gas industry.There are a range of institutes that cover a wide variety of disciplines from Chemical Engineering to Occupational Safety and Health to Management.
As the oil & gas industry continues to thrive, employers are keen to attract personnel from other services/industries to the sector to fulfil projected skills shortages. A favourite and trusted resource is the attraction of ex-military to the oil & gas industry as it is recognised that there is a wide range of transferable skill sets.