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November 7, 2014

Proserv Apprentice Receives UK O&G Award

Proserv’s Marnie Toal (centre) receives Oil & Gas UK’s Apprentice of the Year Award from David Edwards, CEO of ECITB.

Proserv’s Marnie Toal (centre) receives Oil & Gas UK’s Apprentice of the Year Award from David Edwards, CEO of ECITB.

Proserv apprentice technician Marnie Toal was presented with the Apprentice of the Year Award last night, Thursday November 6, after being judged to have made a very significant impact on the oil and gas industry during her relatively short career.

Toal’s colleague John Stoddard was also recognized for his achievements when he was named a finalist in the Graduate of the Year category.

“It was a surprise to be nominated for an award just for doing my job,” Toal said. “I really enjoy my work with Proserv and feel that I have learned a lot and had a lot of opportunities to gain skills and experience in a variety of roles.”

Proserv said Toal, 18, has made a huge impression since joining the company straight from school just over 12 months ago. From her very first task, where she suggested ways to improve a stripping and flushing rig job, Toal has consistently provided valuable support to her colleagues. The method suggested on her initial task has now been implemented as standard company practice.

In addition, her role in a major hose integrity management project saw Toal becoming the pivotal person in carrying out the six month testing of around 600 hoses.  Towards the end of the project, Toal, who is based at Birchmoss in Aberdeenshire, was the only person at Proserv in a position to do the work. This would have been outsourced otherwise at a significantly higher cost.

The pair were congratulated on their success by Proserv’s chief executive officer, David Lamont: “I am thrilled to see Marnie and John recognized in this way, both for their personally but also on behalf of their Proserv colleagues.  We fundamentally believe that the future of Proserv lies in the hands of young people like Marnie and John, this is the group of people who will be our future leaders and indeed future leaders in the oil and gas industry.”

Lamont  added, “While we read and hear much about a skills shortage and aging workforce in Oil and Gas, our belief is that investment in the training and development of our whole workforce is key to our success, and as such, this focus is not a ‘nice to have’ but essential to our future success.”

Stoddard, 25, of Cults, Aberdeen, has been with Proserv for three years and his exceptional success has not only resulted in him quickly being promoted from graduate to junior engineer but contributed significantly to the company’s global growth and development of its market-leading technologies. His achievements have involved designing and developing a conceptual subsea cylinder for oil and gas sampling and implementing 3D modeling for the first time at Proserv as well as applying this knowledge to support a game-changing subsea sampling system implemented on a project in West Africa.

Proserv, which has a global talent pool of more than 2,200 people and operates through 31 operating centers based in 11 countries, has a 40-year track record in delivering life-of-field solutions.

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