New survey shows most Scots students see long-term future for N. Sea oil and gas sector

Opito schools oil and gas jobs survey; from left Alex Wood, Dylan Lee, Abigail Duthie, from RGCThe majority of Scots students still have faith in the long term future of the North Sea oil and gas industry, according to a new survey.

This is the view of 67% of 250 Higher-year and Sixth-Year students from Aberdeen city and shire schools who took part in a youth-engagement programme managed by the skills organisation for the oil and gas industry.

Despite the industry jettisoning 65,000 jobs since the crude oil price slump last year, the students cited the global opportunities, its entrepreneurial spirit, high salary expectations and the chance to continue developing skills while working as the main reasons why they would pursue a career in the fossil-fuel energy sector.

When asked to list the reasons why they are attracted to the sector, 72% said it was down to the global opportunities the industry offers, with 25% also wanting to be part of an international community.

The industry’s entrepreneurial spirit appealed to 17%, with 28% citing the development of cutting edge science of most interest. Being able to develop their skills and knowledge on the job appealed to 35%, while salary expectation was cited by almost half of those surveyed (48%).

Mackie Academy student Kyle Maitland, commented afterwards: “I’ve gained a better understanding of the oil and gas industry, the jobs available and what companies offer their customers. I’m feeling really inspired about the future of the industry despite the stories you read in the papers.”

Also taking part were these three RGC students – from left, Alex Wood, Dylan Lee and Abigail Duthie (pictured above)

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