Getenergy 2018 provides a platform for national and international energy companies to meet with education and training providers to ensure the development of human capital in the industry.
Two members of the Bow Resources team travelled to the beautiful city of Amsterdam in late September to exhibit at the two-day networking event. Situated at stand 19, Ian Balcomb and Alice Price-Pettit spoke with oil & gas operating companies, training providers, government bodies and industry specialists, discussing and sharing knowledge with regards to the energy, oil and gas markets.
Beginning with an early start, a cup of tea and plenty of enthusiasm, the first day of the event kicked off with a discussion of “The Changing Face of the International Oil Company” – how companies are innovating in order to drive growth and meet strategic objectives.
Over the course of the event, industry experts led discussions covering a variety of specialist topics, with guest speakers joining the panel. Delegates and audience members were then invited to ask questions, spark debate and immerse themselves into the topics as much as possible. One of the great things about Getenergy is the interaction that it encourages from the audience.
General topics on the first day were based around the upskilling of workforces, IOCs and educational institutions working in tandem, unlocking asset values and the importance of developing soft skills.
Between discussions, there was ample opportunity to network and speak with other delegates, in and around the exhibition space. Plenty of business cards were exchanged!
A fantastic dinner was organised for the delegates at the close of the first day; yet another opportunity to meet and converse (over a glass or two of red wine!). An award was also presented to the Ghana National Petroleum Company for their achievements in pioneering new frontiers, pushing boundaries, inspiring others and achieving growth in challenging markets, as well as giving back to the communities.
A focus on localisation and young talent attraction constituted the majority of debate on the second day.
How to attract and motivate millennials was very much at the forefront of the early discussions. With two millennials on the Bow Resources team, this was very insightful as this is a topic that stretches beyond the oil & gas market.
Building diversity and creating an inclusive culture, developing technical talent pools and meeting business challenges were debated as a group. Based on this, we were set a challenge: split into groups of eight, working as a team, we were required to lower a long stick of bamboo to the ground resting on just our index fingers. The group that did so the quickest were named victorious! We soon discovered that lack of communication, pressure from competition, no clear strategy and sheer panic, caused us to lose complete control of the task. Very much relative to encounters faced by all of us on a daily basis!
Achieving a common approach and the barriers companies are faced with concerning localisation were discussed leading up the end of the event. Again, we were split into groups to talk through personal problems we have encountered working with companies moving towards localisation.
A jam-packed two days of talks, meeting new people, swapping industry knowledge, business overviews and passionate debates are difficult to sum up in just a few paragraphs. Getenergy was an event truly tailored for Bow Resources, in that everyone we encountered were experts in our sector and therefore fully understood the environment in which we work every single day.
Not only were we able to share our knowledge of the technical, academic and construction oil & gas training market, we also learnt much more than we ever expected. The two days were extremely insightful, and we were glad to be part of such a professional, well-executed and stimulating event.
Written by Alice Price-Pettit, Principal Consultant at Bow Resources.