Industry Initiative to Support Professional Development in Late Life and Decommissioning services

A joint initiative has been launched by Decom North Sea, Offshore Energies UK (OEUK) and international energy industry consultancy, Xodus Group, which is aimed at supporting the career development of individuals moving into the late life and decommissioning sector. 

Emerging Professionals in Late Life & Decommissioning (EPLLD) has been established in recognition of the need to foster future talent in a growing sector, which will service the global oil and gas, nuclear and renewable industries.  

The group, which is free to join, will offer a series of events, mentoring and guidance to members to improve understanding of the opportunities that lie ahead, widen networks and help identify blockers and enablers to future talent development. This will ensure that individuals who are moving into the sector, regardless of career stage, can take advantage of the support provided.

The initiative has been established by a founding quorum of emerging professionals, steered by Chair, William Garston, Senior Decommissioning Engineer, Xodus Group and Vice Chair, Alanna Kidd, Decom Project Engineer at Fairfield. Sponsors of the initiative are Sam Long, CEO Decom North Sea, Suzie Coull, OEUK Business Adviser – Decommissioning and Wells, and Gareth Jones, Xodus Group Decommissioning Division Manager.  

Explaining the catalyst behind the creation of the EPLLD, Will Garston comments: “It is already clear that a sustainable workforce will shortly become one of the decommissioning sector’s biggest challenges. This group seeks to address this with immediate effect by nurturing both technical and personal development, promoting opportunities and showcasing the diverse and challenging career path that is late life and decommissioning.”

Alanna Kidd adds: “We cannot dispute the impact a global pandemic has upon individuals’ opportunity and ability to network in a professional context. Our key objective is to facilitate or reignite the connections which make for a thriving, sustainable sector, whether those be with individuals, academic institutions, companies or trade organisations.”

Emerging Professionals in Late Life & Decommissioning (EPLLD) holds its inaugural, online workshop on 21 October 2022. For details of how to join, visit the Eventbrite listing , join the Emerging Professionals in Late Life & Decommissioning members group on LinkedIn or email emerging.professionals@decomnorthsea.com.