Supporting Workforce Development – the ultimate investment.
Andy, who has been with Dolphin Drilling since 2013, has long been impressed with the company’s willingness to invest in its staff – and with good reason, given the impact it has had on his career.
Following a spell as a cadet for a major marine support provider, where he spent time studying at Glasgow College of Nautical Studies, Andy joined Dolphin Drilling as Motorman in 2013. Since then, he has risen through the ranks to become Second Engineer on the Blackford Dolphin and aspires to becoming a Chief Engineer within the company someday soon.
Instrumental to his career over the past few years has been Andy’s impressive thirst for knowledge and development, which has seen him achieve his Second Engineer’s, and now Chief Engineer’s Licence.
But as we can all imagine, it’s not easy to achieve major qualifications whilst working shifts offshore, and in this respect, Dolphin has done all it can to acknowledge the commitment made by Andy, whilst making life a little easier for him whilst he carried out his studies.
As well as providing Andy with paid time off to study for and complete exams towards his Chief Engineer’s Licence, Dolphin also fully supported him to achieve the remainder of this at South Shields Marine School, including provision of study and exam time, accommodation and living expenses.
The result? A fully qualified Chief Engineer who is passionate about the company he works for. Having spent some time working for a variety of companies via agency, Andy is also well aware that the atmosphere, camaraderie and employer/employee relationship across Dolphin Drilling is not easily replicated elsewhere. We can’t sum this up better than Andy, a Buckie native who feels as though returning to the Blackford is “like going home”, even when based in the Gulf of Mexico.
We make it our business to identify and encourage talent amongst our workforce, giving them the power to develop their capabilities and career journey. Andy’s story shows just what can be achieved in a relatively short space of time when our joint enthusiasm and commitment combines to make something really special.