North-east Pupils will Put Skills on Show to Energise their Future


23rd September 2014

THOUSANDS of school pupils from across the north east will get the chance to learn how their skills could guide them to a career in the oil and gas industry when they head to an interactive event at the Metro Radio Arena on Wednesday and Thursday (24-25th September).

Nine oil and gas companies and those within its key supply chain will be exhibiting at the Energise Your Future Zone, an interactive energy roadshow taking place as part of North East Skills.

Up to 5,000 Year 10 to 13 school pupils from County Durham, Northumberland, Tees Valley and Tyne & Wear are expected to attend the two day event which is designed to give pupils a hands-on experience of what the industry has to offer.

Pupils will have the chance to try their hand at industry related activities as exhibitors present interactive tools, including operating robots under water using an ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) simulator racing game. They will also have the chance to ask industry representatives about the technology on show as they explore how their own skills and subjects could lead them to a successful oil and gas career.

Energise Your Future is organised by oil and gas industry skills organisation OPITO. Skills development director Morven Spalding said: “We are seeing a growing interest from young people across the north east of England in a career in oil and gas, as the industry has a long and prosperous future ahead of it.

“Our exhibitors are interested in engaging school pupils and interacting with them to demonstrate the breadth of careers in the sector. Whether young people want to learn more about hydraulics equipment at a live demonstration or try their hand at the basics of engineering by building a spaghetti tower, they will definitely come away with a much better understanding of where they might have a place in this burgeoning industry.”

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