FES International invests in its future leaders

10th February 2016

In an aging industry where the skills gap is growing, global oil and gas firm, FES International, believes supporting employees’ academic endeavours is the key to keeping talent in the region and encouraging future leaders to stay put.

The Ashington-based engineering company last year funded two employees to undergo engineering degrees at Newcastle College, in a bid to develop more engineers and help towards filling the skills gap currently seen in the North East.

Craig Latimer, 24, project/analytical engineer at FES, graduated with a Bsc (Hons) in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering, whilst Conor McCabe, 23 project engineer at FES, gained a Bsc (Hons) in Management of Engineering Technologies.

Both were able to study a number of areas which relate directly to their roles at FES International. The practical and academic knowledge acquired will allow them to progress successfully within the company and move onto more senior roles in the future.

Speaking of Craig and Conor’s achievements, Rob Anderson, managing director at FES, said: “We are really proud of them here at FES, they’ve worked incredibly hard to achieve these qualifications and all their work has paid off.

“As a company with a strong footing in the industry and a healthy order book, we are optimistic about the future, and this means we need to ensure our employees are growing with us. We are actively building the company’s future around younger members of the team coming through and look forward to watching them grow and develop right here with us.

“As an industry it is really important that we are committed to academic learning to encourage talent to stay in the region.”