Worker stories

Most people have no idea what it is like to work offshore. Most people also have no idea what the barriers are for offshore workers who want to transition to a different industry. Yet right now, some of those people, including politicians and industry heads, are making decisions that will impact offshore workers.

Read other workers’ stories below and anonymously submit your own.

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“I’d mostly go to look for jobs in renewables. I’m desperate to get into the industry.”
Pseudonym: Frank
Age: 42
Job Title: Project Quality Manager
“Shelling out all this money does cause stress, and it does have an impact on your family and your living costs. There’s lots of people worrying about how they’re going to pay the mortgage. I know people who’ve packed it in altogether because working offshore is just too expensive.”
Pseudonym: Aaron
Age: 45


Age: 64
Job Title: Manager

Frank* has worked in the oil and gas industry for over 40 years and lives with his wife and two daughters just outside of Inverness, Scotland.

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“I’d mostly go to look for jobs in renewables. I’m desperate to get into the industry.”
Pseudonym: Rob
Age: 63
Job Title: Project Quality Manager
“It used to be that employers would pay for your training but as the industry has gone downhill, you’re seeing more and more that workers are being asked to pay for themselves…Having a system where you don’t have to duplicate training would make much more sense”
Pseudonym: John
Age: 62
Job Title: Rigging Expert


Age: 64
Job Title: Drilling Consultant

Lewis* is a drilling consultant from Aberdeen who has 40 years’ experience in the oil industry. In the last two years he’s spent £1,400 on training costs, but during the pandemic has been furloughed. His certificates have lapsed over that period and it would cost him £2,100 to complete the training needed to get back to work.

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