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Next generation gain oil and gas experience at OPITO's Industry Awareness

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A first-hand experience of what is involved in helicopter safety training, simulated crane operations and subsurface field engineering are some of the activities secondary students from Aberdeen and Angus are part of during OPITO’s three-day Industry Awareness programme.

The initiative, which is managed by the global, not-for-profit skills body for the energy sector, is running this week and began at Aker Solutions on Tuesday. Pupils, aged 16 and over, were given a tour of the firm’s state-of-the-art facility and took part in engineering tasks. The students will also visit BP, EnerMech Ltd, EnQuest, Nexen, the Oil & Gas Technology Centre and Falck Safety Services Ltd as they look to discover how each business operates and fits into the wider industry picture.

Pupils have the opportunity to meet personnel to find out about careers and routes into the sector. In addition to engineering related professions, they will also find out about the important role other departments play in business success, including IT, HR, legal and finance teams.

Students will be attending from Monifieth High School in Angus, as well as the following Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire schools:

  • Alford Academy 
  • Aberdeen Grammar School 
  • Bucksburn Academy 
  • Ellon Academy 
  • Harlaw Academy 
  • Mackie Academy 
  • Meldrum Academy 
  • Portlethen Academy, and
  • Turriff Academy 

The programme comes only weeks after OPITO launched the results of its UK Workforce Dynamics Review, which indicated that more than 40 000 new people will need to be recruited into the industry over the next 20 years, including 10 000 in posts that do not exist today.

OPITO director, Christine Currie, said: “It’s great to see such a wide cross section of companies taking part in OPITO’s Industry Awareness initiative. The students will be able to find out for themselves how these businesses support the sector and the UK economy, and gain a better understanding of the different careers they can aim for.

“Our recent UKCS Workforce Dynamics Review acknowledged that it is an ever-evolving industry. With the rise of automation, AI and digitisation, there will be significant changes to the way companies carry out their operations and therefore occupations of the future will also look different. With potentially tens of thousands of positions to fill in the next two decades, it’s a priority that we continue to encourage young people into the energy sector.” 

“Inspiring young people and demonstrating the spectrum of opportunities across the oil and gas industry is crucial in order to promote the long term success and sustainability of our industry,” said Sian Lloyd Rees, UK country manager, Aker Solutions. “Aker Solutions is proud to support OPITO and the Industry Awareness programme for the fifth consecutive year.”

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