First of its kind placement scheme links energy sector with next generation


10th June 2014

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100+ north-east school pupils ‘clock in’ with industry employers

MORE than 100 Aberdeen City and Shire school pupils are getting unique behind the scenes access into some of the largest oil and gas industry operators and service companies this week as part of an innovative, first of its kind, structured work placement programme.

The students, all of whom have just entered S5, are interacting with staff at Aker Solutions, Nexen, BP, Total and Transocean to see how different sectors, companies and disciplines come together to form the oil and gas industry.

Throughout the week they will discover how exploration and production operators find, extract and process hydrocarbons. They will examine onshore and offshore roles, gain hands-on geology experience and try out cyber drilling simulators.

Today (Tuesday 10th June) all 110 will visit Aker Solutions facility in Dyce, for the subsea day and a chance to see the innovative techniques and technologies being used to push the boundaries of exploration and production.

The pupils will also participate in a series of workshops with the University of Aberdeen, exploHUB, Robert Gordon University Energy Centre and the Urquhart Partnership to learn important professional skills such as CV writing and interview techniques to prepare them for starting on their career paths. Pupils will also take part in a supply chain simulation exercise with OGAS, the Oil and Gas Academy for Scotland.

The programme is funded and managed by oil and gas skills organisation OPITO.

Skills development director Morven Spalding said: “This is like no other work placement programme in the industry and there has been an unparalleled level of co-operation between all the partner organisations to ensure it provides an informative and relevant overview to young people thinking about their options.

“It not only gives pupils a great insight into the size and scale of the sector, it allows them to connect with leading professionals and see first-hand the diverse range of careers oil and gas offers and the skills needed to achieve them.

“Learning to write a CV and the interview process will also be invaluable whether they apply for university, an apprenticeship or plan to go straight into working life. The foundation of knowledge the students will take away from this week will set them on the right path for success in the future.”

The Aker Solutions visit is being led by the company’s young industry professionals, the Solutioneers.

UK regional president David Currie said: “The oil and gas industry should be a dynamic and exciting prospect for young people but it is critical that organisations from every sector engage with the next generation and inspire them to pursue the opportunities it offers.

“We have an outstanding group of young professionals in Aker Solutions and they are the perfect group to be engaging with the next generation of talent. By sharing our knowledge and giving an insight into what we do and how we do it, we are playing our part in helping young people make informed choices and meet their potential.”

A graduation ceremony will be held at the end of the week.

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