The Recruitment Project takes modern approach to addressing energy sector skills shortages
Thursday, Oct 25, 2012

A new on-line recruitment service has been launched in Aberdeen, Scotland, to respond to reports that the UK’s oil and gas and renewable sector must recruit the equivalent of its entire current workforce over the course of the next 10 years or risk losing its place as a leading global energy centre.

A recent report by leading accountancy firm PwC said Aberdeen faces an emerging talent and recruitment crisis, compounded by an ageing workforce, and must recruit 120,000 skilled workers over the next decade. Further emphasising the need for a bigger pool of skilled workers, Oil & Gas UK announced earlier this month that changes to the UK tax regime has led to a surge in interest from global investors in the UKCS.

Innovative new company The Recruitment Project has been set up to help meet those demands through a targeted approach which will significantly improve the effectiveness of the recruitment process for the offshore sector. The process will better match candidates with vacancies by providing a discipline-specific, niche service rather than the more common mass market concept- and it will do it with a quirky up-to-date image which it says will revolutionise the old-fashioned look of the on-line recruitment industry and blow away the outdated stereo-typed image of the sector.

Based on industry research and expertise, the first phase of the roll out has identified eight key categories in the offshore, marine and subsea industries which experience the most acute job shortages and hardest to fill vacancies – Subsea; Subsea Engineers; Subsea Inspection; ROV; Crane Operators; Dpo; American Dpo; Offshore Renewable. Under the banner of therecruitmentproject.comrecruiters and job seekers will be directed to individual areas tailored exclusively to the relevant job discipline. Ongoing development will add new job specific categories as the need is identified.

Andrew Gibbon (20), Online Project Manager who developed The Recruitment Project site, said: “We very much see the offshore industry as an industry for the future. But it is competing for skilled staff in a global market and our objective is to help attract and retain the skills to secure that future. To do that, the online recruitment market needs to re-invent itself and adopt a new approach which demonstrates a fresh, innovative commitment to supporting that future industry. In the case of Aberdeen it helps build the city’s reputation as a modern, vibrant place to live and work. On a wider scale, we are also working with the industry to fill its other vacancies around the world.

“The online recruitment market suffers from extreme saturation with many sites offering similar recruitment solutions with nothing to differentiate between them. Many are poorly designed, cumbersome and slow to react to the needs of the industry. The service they provide integrates hundreds of job types which can give a poor user experience and mismatch of suitable applicants for vacancies. One of our strong points is our inbuilt flexibility which means we can react immediately to set up additional new sites to meet sector needs as they are identified.

“The Recruitment Project is the first company to offer such a niche recruitment system, so we are already doing something different but more than that we have set out to revolutionise the online recruitment market by creating a concept which relates to the next generation of workforce and which introduces new, improved levels of efficiency to better meet the needs of industry recruiters. That is reflected in how we are positioning ourselves as a business and in our company image - it’s fresh, it’s modern, it’s funky – but most of all it is relevant, focussed and effective.”

Source: The Recruitment Project

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