Proserv featured at a prominent trade association awards ceremony last night, courtesy of Subsea Electronics Module (SEM) Team Leader Kieron Malster.

Kieron was one of two candidates who finished as a runner-up for the prize for Apprentice of the Year at the prestigious Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) Awards ceremony which was held as a virtual event for 2020. The OGUK is a not-for-profit organisation and is a leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, established in its current state in April 2007.

Kieron, who beat off stiff competition from a significant number of other applicants to make it into the final three, works at our Great Yarmouth Subsea Centre of Excellence and plays a critical role in the build of our cutting-edge SEMs. The OGUK singled Kieron out for his “genuine passion for what he does” and his “ability to remain calm under pressure, organisational skills and knowledge.”

Kieron recently completed his four-year apprenticeship at Proserv and, in the short time he has been with the firm, he has taken a proactive role in many aspects of life in the Great Yarmouth SEM workshop, including instigating numerous new methods that have enhanced efficiencies and workflows. He also acts as one of the in-house mental health first aiders and is a member of the health, safety and environment committee.

In her welcome note, Deidre Michie, OBE, the Chief Executive Officer of the OGUK, said:

“On behalf of the OGUK I would like to offer our congratulations to all of the finalists. Your impressive achievements act as stand-out examples of what our resilient and transforming industry is capable of.”

After the event, Kieron commented, “I’m delighted to finish as a runner-up, and I extend my congratulations to the other candidates, and most especially to the winner. Just being nominated for the award was a huge achievement for me.

“There are many thank yous: the OGUK for holding this event, through to Proserv itself and the entire senior management, plus of course my electronics team. But I must make special mention of Lee McLean, my manager and mentor. I’m very appreciative of all the help he’s given me, especially over the last 14 months, for believing in me and investing in my future!”

Lee McLean himself observed, “Kieron has shown continued growth over his four years. He performed well in all disciplines before really finding his feet in the SEM department. As he goes into his fifth year with Proserv he has now recently taken on the role of SEM Team Leader, a responsibility he has earned through his excellent commitment and attitude.”

Geert Kooi, Vice President, Operations, added:

“Kieron’s success in being shortlisted for this award was very well deserved. But this achievement is also testament to Proserv’s unstinting commitment to young talent and our much-valued apprenticeship programmes. These have helped develop and unearth individuals like Kieron who will hopefully contribute to Proserv’s progress forwards for many years to come.”