Employment Opportunities Working Group of the UK and Ireland Spill Association Ltd (UKEireSpill-EOWG)

Terms of Reference

1. Background

The spill, incident and response sector, like many others, faces a competition for human resources to recruit into it from other sectors, like construction, project management and consultancy. Our industry is a niche sector within environmental services however due to the need for safety, challenging work environments and global deployments offers career opportunities, job satisfaction, progression, excitement and an ability to spend a full career within it.

To win that competition for human resources we need to establish model career pathways for inland, marine and consultancy recruits, speak with industry about creating and promoting opportunities for secondment, graduate recruitment, reception and induction for those from related industries eg oil and gas, so that the industry is well manned and has a flow of quality, possibly screened candidates into it.

The Employment Opportunities Working Group should comprise medium and small companies to create model career pathways for inland, marine and consultancy careers; promotion of the industry to potential recruits, identify tools to promote it with case studies, and undertake other activities the group may decide .


2. Key Objective

Through collaborative working to generate and evolve career pathways for the industry and promote these to provide those within the industry and those who seek to join it from other industries are aware of the pathway that they join on and how that may develop a career within it. Devise a communication strategy so that a career in our industry is attractive and recognised as worthwhile and rewarding.


3. Group Composition

The UKIreSpill-EOWG will comprise up to four members from from inland, marine and consultancy companies that are drawn from the following groups:

  • Corporate members
  • ISAS Inland Accredited Members


4. Workstreams:

  • Initial Phase of Work – develop a model career pathway for inland, marine and consultancy careers within the industry
    • Liaise with Accreditation Body
    • Draft pathways
    • Compare external industries
  • Second Phase of Work – implement initial communication strategy within UKEireSpill
    • Presentation and feedback at Spring Conference and consultation with ISAS and UKEireSpill Boards
  • Third Phase of Work – produce a Consultation Document
    • Circulate in July
    • Webinar presentation in September
    • Discussion and vote at Autumn Conference


5. Possible timelines

We need to be in a position to promote this externally to graduates in Q2 and Q3 2022.

  • Initial Phase of work – Q1 2022
  • Second phase of work – Q2 2022 – for Spring Conference
  • Third phase of work – Q3 2022 for July release of Consultation Document


6. Membership

Martin Brannock – RSK Response
Neil Marson – Executive Director, ISAS
Mark Shepherd – Chair, UKEireSpill and NRC Environmental
Steve Guy – ISAS
Mark J Orr – Executive Director, UK and Ireland Spill Association