Aberdeen petroleum engineers launch STEM careers website for UK schools

 

STEM teachers get some hands-on offshore drilling experience on DART’s simulators
STEM teachers get some hands-on offshore drilling experience on DART’s simulators

By DARA BUTTERFIELD

A new energy industry career guidance website called Inside Industry has been launched by Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen, a not-for-profit professional association, and Subsea UK, the industry organisation that supports the entire supply chain, to encourage entry into the sector.

The new website is aimed at secondary schools and colleges across the UK, the only tool of its kind providing industry driven career information targeted specifically towards the energy industry.

Careers guidance and STEM-subject teachers attended the launch at the Drilling and Advanced Rig Training (DART) Facility in Robert Gordon University’s Riverside East building. The teachers received demonstrations of the website and also took part in offshore avatar rides and drilling experiences on the facility’s simulators.

Ross Lowdon, Chairman, SPE Aberdeen, said: “This is a fantastic tool for the energy industry and will act as a key support and knowledge source for attracting students to a career in this sector.

“Working with schools and the higher education sector is a fundamental part of the SPE Aberdeen Section’s mission and we hope it will be a popular and useful port of reference.”

Neil Gordon, Chief Executive, Subsea UK, said: “The subsea sector is one of the most fast-paced, pioneering, ingenious, hi-tech and dynamic industries on the planet with a long-term, sustainable future.

“As such it should be a natural career choice for our next generation of scientists, engineers, technicians and professionals.

However due to its low profile and many misconceptions surrounding the energy industry, not least of which are around environmental and safety issues, many people have not even given subsea a second thought.”

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