Media Release: Skills gap greatest obstacle to growth – says pipeline firm, STATS Group

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PIPELINE engineering specialist, STATS Group, will this week outline the difficulties in recruiting key staff at a major energy recruitment show (Oct 9-10).

Human resources manager, Derek Smart, will speak at the Ignite! event in London and discuss how in 2006 STATS was one of the first North-east companies to tap in to the emerging Polish job market to recruit 12 fitters, machinists and welders to plug a skills gap.

He said: “The oil and gas industry needs to change its approach to recruitment and retention, with investment in people being key to solving some of the skill shortages across the industry, but which many companies fail to do in a proactive manner.

“Six years ago, we recognised that one way of adding to our workforce was by tapping in to new talent pools, rather than simply moving around the same talent pool, and that is still relevant today if we are to achieve our growth objectives.

“We have a wealth of opportunities to grow our business at home and abroad but the greatest obstacle to that is in finding the right people with the relevant skills who can develop with us.”

Aberdeen-based STATS Group employs 153 staff and designs, manufactures and installs a range of piping and isolation tools for the international oil and gas sector.


Note to Editors 

‘STATS Group’ is the recognised company name. The business was founded in Aberdeen in 1998 as Specialist Tools and Testing Services.

STATS Group is a specialist engineering company and service provider that operates predominantly in the arena of piping and pipeline integrity and maintenance. We supply a comprehensive range of products and services, which enable piping and pipeline isolation, intervention, repair, connection and testing work scopes.

The majority of our works are undertaken on mature assets, typically process piping onboard offshore facilities (fixed and floating). We also supply products and services for infield and trunk pipelines both onshore and subsea, as well as onshore processing and distribution terminal facilities.

Our key drivers of providing innovation, value and rapid response, has cemented our reputation in the UK-North Sea and other oil producing regions for always exceeding client expectations. Every product in the STATS portfolio is designed, manufactured, assembled and tested by our own in-house engineers and technicians.

In 2009, STATS Group invested £5 million in a new headquarters at Kintore near Aberdeen, which includes 40,000 sq ft of workshops, storage and testing facilities.

In February 2012, Business Growth Fund (BGF) invested £7.8 million in STATS Group. BGF was established to help the UK’s fast growing smaller and medium sized businesses. BGF is an independent company with capital of up to £2.5 billion, backed by five of the UK’s main banking groups – Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, RBS, and Standard Chartered. BGF is managed completely autonomously with an independent management team.


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