Young ADIPEC has announced it is partnering with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) as part of government efforts to cultivate the next generation of home-grown energy professionals.
The cooperation between the two entities will allow Young ADIPEC to relay a strong and powerful message to the wider school community.
Young ADIPEC is aimed at educating high school students between the ages of 14 and 17 about the wealth and diversity of career opportunities in the energy sector.
His Excellency Mr. Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, ADEC’s School Operations Executive Director, lauded efforts exerted by Young ADIPEC, adding that students will gain a wealth of knowledge in fields related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), as well as experience research and teamwork spirit.
“Encouraging youth to innovate and create is crucial for industry development, which is exactly why this initiative is timely,” said H.E. Al Dhaheri. “Our aim is to engage students in as many activities as possible that will motivate them to learn and explore, all in favour of preparing a curious, well-read and equipped workforce that will help further fructify the economy.”
Mr Ali Khalifa Al Shamsi, CEO of Al Yasat Petroleum Operations Company and ADIPEC 2016 Chairman, said: “As the global energy mix evolves, so does the skillset required for those who work in the industry. Technology, research, innovation, and application are playing a central role in driving industry progress, and prospective candidates must be equipped with the ability to be agile in such a dynamic business environment in order to succeed. I am confident that with the community’s firm support – that is the support of parents, educators, and employers – we can help inspire our children today to become the energy leaders of tomorrow.”
In the first phase of Young ADIPEC, students will get hands-on experience during trips to oil field sites, training centres, innovation centres, as well as workshop and manufacturing facilities belonging to leading oil and gas companies.
The second phase of the Young ADIPEC programme will be an experiential and edutainment component that will enable students to explore different aspects of the industry.
Additionally, the Young ADIPEC Photo Competition is back, with ‘Lights of the City’ as the theme. As part of the programme’s efforts to raise awareness about energy consumption, students are being invited to capture on camera how human civilisation consumes energy to light up a single city.
A host of other activities taking place at the Young ADIPEC stand during the event will raise the bar for ‘edutainment’, with 7 Experience Zones designed to keep students fully engaged.
Four new activity streams include the Health and Safety Zone, which will give students an opportunity to learn about the importance of workplace safety through a series of hands-on sessions that look at safety regulations, equipment selection, and the available solutions for all occupational safety requirements. The new Engineering Zone will allow students to develop their problem solving, team work, and big thinking skills by inviting them to design and build a prototype of a specific project.
The Virtual Reality Field Operation Simulator Game Zone by Al Mazroui Engineering will give students an opportunity to experience what it is like to work on the field through state-of-the-art simulation technology.
The sponsors of Young ADIPEC are the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) the Arab Development Co. (ARDECO), Weatherford, Al Mazroui Engineering, ExxonMobil, Partex, and Ali & Sons Oilfield Supplies & Services.
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock
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