So now we’ve identified the problem, what’s next?

The skills gap within the Oil and Gas industry is something I’m sure we all read about on almost a daily basis, largely attributable to the lack of young talent willing to explore the industry and what it has to offer. The struggle for employers is continually increasing.

Many organisations look to transferable skills and while these are undoubtedly of use to the industry, surely it’s time we addressed the real issue? How do we inspire young people into the industry? How do we make them actively pursue an education that provides us with the crucial skills we need? 

At 19 years of age what persuades me is being excited by surrounding individuals who are passionate and vocal in all that is oil and gas.

It’s time to fight back against the articles that plague the industry about shrivelling reserves and educate young people on the fact that there has rarely been a time better to delve into the industry.

Put simply, the harder oil and gas becomes to extract out the ground and the longer the skills gap continues, the more we see pay rates from employers spike, bringing us to a very pertinent point – our industry is arguably one of the only to offer a level of affluence and security to a young person, something which is few and far between in today’s climate.

Beyond the short term however, we need to open their eyes to the bigger picture in order to get them to step into the frame. We need to push the fact that their presence within the industry goes far beyond filling a vacancy but is in fact vital in improving the economy and in turn energising their own future.

A wise man once told me that the power of oil and gas industry as we know it goes far beyond any other industry in the world, that behind every political handshake there is a deal already ongoing and with that in mind, now it would seem is the time for us to make a deal of our own . . .

As oil and gas professionals it is crucial that we pull together to strike a deal with the younger generation. The future of the energy industry – and of the wider economy – depends on it.