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‘Mum’s the word’ as Aberdeen training consultancy invests in homegrown talent

‘Mum’s the word’ as Aberdeen training consultancy invests in homegrown talent


Aberdeen-based offshore and energy training consultancy Ann McRobb Associates has announced the appointment of its first business management trainee.

Ann McRobb Associates’ Managing Director, Ann McRobb and Operations Director, Gary McRobb, took the decision to keep it within the family with the appointment of their son Patrick, 21, who will be leaving full time employment to join the ranks of the McRobb family business.

Investment in future talent is a core focus of Ann McRobb Associates’ growth strategy as the business continues an upward trajectory with a host of new clients and associates joining the company in recent months.

Patrick, who previously worked in the retail sector with management experience, said he is ready to switch career paths to be a part of the McRobb family legacy, “This is an ideal opportunity to develop my existing management skills and to put my experience to good use to further enhance the family business,” he said.

“I also feel extremely lucky that I will be learning from the best mentor I could hope for, my Mum! Although it might be strange at first calling her ‘Ann’ during working hours.”

Ann McRobb said she is delighted that Patrick had agreed to take the business reins as a trainee manager, “The importance of investing in the business’s future is crucial and we are committed to providing young people with the skills and knowledge to grow and move forward in their careers.

“We had always hoped that Patrick would one day be in a position to help run the business and grow it further. He is young and enthusiastic with tremendous potential, and we are grateful that his values align with our core values of trust, collaboration and dependability.

“We are very much looking forward to integrating him into the business as we continue to deliver an outstanding level of service for our clients.”

Patrick will undertake a two-year business management graduate programme during which he will work with Ann McRobb Associates alongside his studies towards the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) recognised qualification. The training programme will allow him to build an in-depth knowledge of business management across a range of areas including project management, decision-making and leadership.

“Patrick’s business training is the start of an exciting investment in future talent,” continued Ann. “We are also committed to addressing the emerging skill gaps in the global energy sector which will further support our clients in the delivery of best practice in workforce competency and equipment suitability.”

Based in Aberdeen, the company was created in 2012 by Ann McRobb who uses more than two decades of industry experience to head the delivery of a range of onshore and offshore courses.  Using a wealth of knowledge across all areas of training and competency, the business delivers large-scale projects supporting major energy, marine and drilling organisations across the globe.

The company was also believed to be one of the first in Scotland to roll out its own series of in-house training and competence programs adhering to revised industry body criteria, revolutionising the way oil and gas sector professionals gain industry certifications.  The move was sparked by changes to the CMS Approval Criteria permitting organisations to offer their own training packages providing they operate within OPITO guidelines.

Ann McRobb Associates has also been awarded the internationally recognised ISO9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS) standard from DNV, a globally accredited registrar and classification organisation.

For more information on Ann McRobb Associates, visit www.annmcrobbassociates.com

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Published: 30-11-2022

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