Malcolm Webb, Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, said: “Oil & Gas UK forecasts record investment in producing Britain’s oil and gas reserves this year, boosting jobs across the UK. However, companies frequently cite the skills shortage as the biggest challenge in achieving growth so as an industry we are pulling out all the stops to make sure we have the skilled people required to develop oil and gas for decades to come.

“Many oil and gas companies are already offering transfer training to people from outside the sector with relevant skills, whether engineers, craftsmen or technicians, so that they can build on their valuable experience to develop the new capabilities the oil and gas sector requires. The industry is also pleased to be working with the Ministry of Defence and the Career Transition Partnership to match industry job profiles with military roles to identify directly transferable positions and to highlight where training and conversion may be required. With a view to longer term, companies are also now working together to ensure school children and university students are aware of the exciting and challenging opportunities the oil and gas sector offers to build a long-term career.”