Robert Gordon University (RGU) has launched a unique programme to support businesses in the energy sector to scale up and grow. OGIC will help deliver the programme, which RGU has developed with support from the Energy Industries Council (EIC) and private sector economic development body Opportunity North East (ONE).
The programme is primarily aimed at SMEs, though also suitable for larger companies to help develop key personnel and sector-specific skills to support growth. It features a suite of practical courses that will run through 2019, and provide businesses with scale-up knowledge, tools and connections.
The 11 courses have been developed by successful companies, government agencies and other specialist organisations including OGIC. They’ll cover a range of topics to equip companies for growth, including diversification, exporting, innovation, technology and marketing.
Support for scale-up
Commenting on the development of F4E, EIC CEO Stuart Broadley said: “I was constantly inspired by the amazing stories that companies, large and small, would share about how they are surviving and thriving in spite of, or because of, the challenging and fast-changing energy market. Yet I was often equally struck by how few of those same businesses had the ready-to-go toolkit to be able to convert their strategies into fast and sustainable growth.
“Businesses need targeted training and support in the area of scale-up and I am absolutely delighted that, through the Fit4Energy programme, we’re making that vision a reality.”
Trevor Garlick, chair of ONE Oil, Gas & Energy, said: “This programme will provide supply chain companies with an industry-specific resource to help them achieve their scale-up ambitions. It aims to help companies grow faster and more successfully through the focussed delivery of insights, training and practical knowledge sharing, and builds upon the region’s reputation as a global centre for oil, gas and energy skills development.”