Industry celebrates success of oil and gas mentoring scheme

Andy Brown, ECITB director of operations

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THE successes and achievements of a group of mentors and their mentees working in the oil and gas industry have been celebrated at an annual awards ceremony.

Fourteen project managers from a number of companies successfully completed the Oil and Gas Industry Project Management Mentoring Programme 2020, which is co-ordinated by the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB).

Now in its sixth year, the eight-month scheme allows qualified and experienced project practitioners to ‘mentor-forward’, imparting wisdom and providing guidance to less experienced project professionals with the aim of accelerating their performance and careers.

To date, more than 80 participants have benefited, many of whom are working towards chartered status with professional bodies such as the Association for Project Management.

At a virtual awards ceremony, Andy Brown, ECITB director of operations, congratulated all those taking part in what has been a particularly challenging year.

He said: “Living and working through the Covid-19 pandemic over the past 10 months has been extremely difficult for many companies and individuals, both professionally and personally.

“The delivery of projects to world-leading standards is vital to the future well-being of the oil and gas sector and particularly as we move to increasingly complex project environments as we move towards Net Zero.

“Our programme shows how industry can put aside commercial interests to co-operate for the benefit of the sector as a whole, and how it supports transferability of skills across the energy mix.”

 

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