Blyth plant fears future skills shortage

Blyth's Dr�ger Safety UK plant.
Blyth's Dr�ger Safety UK plant.

Blyth’s Dräger Safety UK plant fears it could face a skills shortage in years to come due to young people believing that the world’s oil and gas supplies are about to run out.

Michail Tzouvelekis, regional segment manager for oil and gas at Dräger, said it is imperative that more young people are made aware of the long-term prospects available within the offshore industry.

According to the International Energy Agency’s latest world outlook, oil and gas will still supply about half of the world’s power in 2040, and the Kitty Brewster Industrial estate plant is determined to get that message across to youngsters in south east Northumberland.

Mr Tzouvelekis said: “In order to inspire more young people into the sector, it’s vital to remind them that energy is at the heart of everything they do, and it still powers the world even in this digital age.

“With older engineers who have worked in the industry since the early days of North Sea exploration and production approaching retirement age and fewer engineering graduates now coming through, it’s essential that oil and gas companies look to inform students of the benefits of joining our industry.”

“We must help them become passionate about technical matters such as advanced gas detection.

“Young people are the future of our industry, so we need to encourage and help them to learn more about the sector.

“We need to attract the right people with the right skills to ensure we have a sustainable pipeline of leaders for the future, and communication with those young people is critical if we are to build on our experience in the North Sea and continue to be a global success story.”

Dräger, an international leader in medical and safety technology founded in 1889, currently employs about 13,500 workers in more than 190 countries worldwide.

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