Aberdeenshire-based pipeline technology firm, STATS Group, has been honoured as the Small/Medium Employer of the Year at the annual Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) Awards. The awards, recognizing excellence in the engineering and construction sector, celebrated STATS Group’s commitment to fostering competency and continuous improvement within the organisation.
Headquartered in Kintore, Aberdeenshire, STATS Group operates as a market leader in providing pressurised pipeline isolation, hot tapping, and plugging services to the global energy industry. The company, with over 150 employees in the UK and 230 more internationally, has stood out for its dedication to training and development, ensuring a culture of competence and growth.
The ECITB praised STATS Group for its proactive approach to training, emphasising the mantra “if you’re not competent, don’t do it.” The company’s efforts include on-the-job competency assessments and expanded training programs covering sustainability, diversity, and mental health. These initiatives have not only improved safety, operational efficiency, and compliance but have also enhanced employee satisfaction, contributing significantly to the company’s remarkable revenue growth.
Accepting the award at the prestigious Cutty Sark venue in London, Andy Buckworth, Training and Competence Manager at STATS Group, expressed his gratitude, saying, “We put a platform in place, and people have responded by committing to training and development. Everyone’s bought into obtaining higher level skills relevant to the on-the-job work that we’re doing. When it comes to training and development, we have a role and responsibility as an employer to support our staff in personal and professional attainment, but they’ve got to want to do it, and when that comes together, the combined efforts are significant.”
ECITB Chief Executive, Andrew Hockey, emphasised the significance of the industry’s workforce, stating, “The quality of nominations this year reflects the strength of talent in the industry. It was wonderful to celebrate all that is great about training and development in our industry with so many partners and friends representing organisations from across the length and breadth of the UK and internationally.”
The ECITB is the employer-led skills body for the Engineering Construction Industry in Great Britain, working collaboratively with employers and the government to attract, develop, and qualify personnel in various craft, technical, and managerial disciplines.