May 21, 2018

Energy Futures Week 2017: the logistics of ‘logistics’

The 2017 Energy Futures Week (EF Week) is finally upon us and promises to be an immersive employability-themed week for students across GSM London, particularly those studying Oil and Gas Management, or those with interest within the areas of logistics and supply chain management. The theme for this year’s EF Week is ‘Logistics’ and the events will run from Monday 20th March to Friday 24th March 2017.

Head of Energy & Procurement
Baba Sheba – Head of Energy & Procurement.

Logistics is an important area within any business, particularly those within the extractive industries such as oil and gas, and other industries such as transportation where energy usage is vital to operations. Logistics play a key role in bridging the gap between various functional areas of an organisation, and an even more important role in supply chain relations. The work of logistics personnel centres around the movement of, supply of, and storage of goods, and research from PwC indicates that the UK Logistics & Posts Sector is valued at around £55bn with over 1.7m people in employment. Moreover, estimates from Think Logistics suggests that the industry will need 450,000 new people over next five years, majority of which is aimed at replacing those leaving the industry.

For the oil and gas industry, collaboration and optimisation is key to improving performance and ensuring waste minimisation within the currently fragile and competitive oil and gas environment where some of the big pure-play oil and gas logistics companies in the world include ASCO, BDP International, and Agility. A typical employment route could be to secure a role as a Logistics Controller where you would typically arrange the transportation of equipment and materials to/from offshore or overseas or between onshore locations (visit www.myoilandgascareer.com for further details). This role has progression into senior ones such as Senior Logistics Controller and Logistics Manager.

Across our two campuses in Greenford and Greenwich, we have lined up what should be an immersive experience that will create opportunities for knowledge-exchange and skills development between students, staff, and industry professionals from oil and gas companies, transportation sector, industry associations, and blue-chip companies. A range of events lined up for the week include keynote speeches from our guest speakers, a virtual reality simulation experience of an oil and gas rig, the movie screening of ‘Deep Water Horizon’ which stars one of my favourite actors in Mark Wahlberg, and visitations to two logistics companies – Arcese Group in Tilbury, and Certas Energy’s depot in Grays, Essex.

For those hoping to see how their knowledge of logistics fit within business, attendance at these events is vital. You will be surprised by the many roles available to graduates and experienced professionals who are looking to develop careers within logistics. The EF Week is a useful opportunity to find out about these roles, and network with our guests, academic colleagues, and fellow students. My advice to you is to attend as many events as possible during the week, and in-between your scheduled classes.

The Careers and Employability team have done an incredible job in creating this immersive week alongside colleagues within the department of Energy and Procurement. There are so many opportunities and learning to be gained from the week and I encourage all students across GSM London to attend.

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