If the industry is successful it is clear that many jobs will be created, in both engineering and the wider supply chain. If you want to work on well design and operation, we recommend you train for an engineering qualification. To give you an idea of the number of jobs the industry could create, the Institute of Directors believe investment in UK shale production ‘could peak at £3.7 billion a year’, with support for up to 74,000 direct and indirect jobs.1
A National College for Onshore Oil and Gas has recently been announced by the Government. The new centre will seek to train a generation of onshore oil and gas specialists, helping the UK to seize the economic opportunities offered by shale gas. The National College for Onshore Oil and Gas will be headquartered in Blackpool and linked to colleges in Chester, Redcar and Cleveland, Glasgow and Portsmouth.
The Government is providing £750,000 of development funding which will be matched by industry to develop the College. Once the business plan is finalised, further capital funding will be available from the National College programme to support the College on an industry-matched investment basis.