Chemical, nuclear, oil and gas, petroleum and polymers

The traditional industries within this sector are predicted to decline over the next 10 years, however there will be an increase within sub-industries in the sector. In the chemicals industry demand for pharmaceutical preparations is increasing; the oil and gas industry is currently in a period of expansion with increased activity driven by the high oil price and; recycling and medical equipment manufacture are growth areas of the polymer industry. Skills gaps have been identified within this sector for young people with technical knowledge; practical and problem solving skills; good communication; experience of team working; customer handling skills; and machine operation skills.

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