29 February 2008 | Paul Snell
The oil and gas industry is to tackle the procurement skills shortage by providing specialist training for buyers.
Industry group Oil & Gas UK is working with The Oil & Gas Skills Academy (OPITO) and CIPS to develop a new career development path for workers in the supply chain.
The scheme will involve adopting the CIPS training syllabus and will be aimed at those buyers working in and about to enter the industry. Training will be offered both online and in person.
"This is an excellent initiative which seeks to tackle our industry's skills shortage, one of the key challenges the oil and gas sector faces," said Dave Doig, chief executive of OPITO. "The discipline of supply chain management is crucial to the efficient and effective working within our industry."
The new framework will be launched at the end of 2008, with the first courses beginning in 2009.