19 November 2008 | Paul Snell
Buyers in the oil and gas industry will get access to specific training and education for the sector with the start of a supply chain academy.
The web-based academy, called the "Supply Chain Gateway", has been developed by industry body Oil & Gas UK, OPITO - The Oil & Gas Academy and CIPS. The programme features CIPS education that has been designed specifically to suit those in the industry.
It aims to improve the skills of those already working in the sector and provide a career path for those who want to enter it. UK Trade and Investment and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, as well as universities and industry associations have all lent their support to the project.
Norman McLennan, commercial and supply chain executive at Oil & Gas UK, said in a statement: "The UK is a high-cost basin, therefore attracting and retaining highly skilled practitioners is vital to the future success of our industry. They are the ones who can create value, improve business performance and drive waste out of the supply chain."
He added that the academy was important to keep the UK supply chain competitive internationally and ensure there was a strong pool of staff.