Calls flood in for fuel job opportunities

THERE has been a fantastic response to a project which will help Northumberland residents to work in the oil and gas sector.

As part of the Northeast Press campaign Keep Northumberland Working, Northumberland Business Services Limited (NBSL) has come up with an exciting programme which will see more people receive specialised training and a chance to land a job in this industry.

One of its board members, local entrepreneur Ken Beattie, has used his contacts to hold discussions with a number of Norwegian companies that are struggling to find sufficient highly-skilled workers.

And since the scheme was unveiled just before Christmas, he has been inundated with emails and calls from more than 100 interested parties. Many of them have come from people associated with the threatened Rio Tinto Alcan site in Lynemouth.

The blue chip Norwegian oil and gas operators involved in the talks include Statoil and Conoco Phillips and engineering and equipment company Aker Solution is on board as well.

Mr Beattie has also given the Herald an update on how the project will progress in the coming weeks.

“A visit is planned by representatives of these companies to Northumberland in order for them to understand the potential the county has in offering skills and training opportunities,” he said.

“In attendance at this meeting will be senior personnel of NBSL, Northumberland College, Northumberland County Council and various senior business leaders from the area.

“Following this meeting, a further general forum will be given to all interested and potential workers in order to highlight the opportunities, logistics and training programmes that will be made available.

“To this end, Mark Bolton – Deputy Principal of Northumberland Technical College – will give an overview of the facilities and training schedules that are to be introduced, which will be tailored to accommodate the requirements as laid down by the Norwegians.

“The presentation, which is scheduled to take place before the end of January, will be held at Morpeth Town FC’s Craik Park ground, with the date and time to be announced.”

For more information, contact Mr Beattie by telephone on 07740 081048 or email

Keep Northumberland Working aims to highlight the potential investment opportunities in the county, as well as those businesses expanding.