OPITO launches oil and gas work experience week


17th April 2014

ABERDEEN City and Shire secondary school pupils are being invited to apply for a free week-long taste of what a career in the oil and gas industry involves as part of the sector’s first ever structured work experience programme.

OPITO, the skills organisation for oil and gas, has teamed up with Aker Solutions, BP, Nexen, Total, Transocean, Urquhart Partnership, Aberdeen University and RGU to provide an opportunity for 100 current fourth year students to gain an exclusive in-depth insight into how the industry works. The work experience placement programme is open to students in their fourth year at school who will be returning as fifth year after the summer holidays.

Students will spend each day at different industry venues focusing on how the different sectors fit into the overall industry. This will include examining onshore and offshore roles within oil and gas operators and the wide-ranging role of the supply chain as well as gaining hands-on geology experience and trying out cyber drilling simulators. In addition to this the students will also find out about the business side of the industry.

The students will also spend time at the universities. Urquhart Partnership will be providing help and guidance on using social media, writing CVs and preparing for interviews culminating in practical interview sessions. A graduation ceremony will be held at the end of the week and will be attended by parents, teachers and the businesses involved.

OPITO skills development director Morven Spalding said: “This week-long structured programme will help students gain a proper understanding of the inner workings and relationships between the oil and gas operators, the supply chain and support services and dispel the misconception that all oil and gas jobs are all based offshore.

“They may come into this programme at the start of the week not sure what their options are or where they see themselves having a career in oil and gas. But by the time they have completed the work experience, they will understand the breadth and depth of exciting opportunities there are in this industry and will have made some important contacts.

“They will also be learning important work-life skills and hopefully will have more confidence when applying for university, apprenticeships or jobs and in interview situations. As OPITO is the recognised skills organisation for the oil and gas industry, taking part in this programme and being able to include it on their CV should set these young people apart from the crowd when going for jobs within the industry.”

To find out more about applying for OPITO’s structured work experience programme, please contact Vivien Ellins on 01224 787862 or email vivien.ellins@opito.com

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