North East pupils to get oil and gas industry work experience

Ellon Academy pupils Rebecca Kelman and Connor Gray at Aker Solutions
Ellon Academy pupils Rebecca Kelman and Connor Gray at Aker Solutions

OPITO – the oil and gas skills organisation – is holding a week-long programme from 1 June  which will give pupils aged 16 or over the opportunity to engage with some of the city’s major energy companies through a series of practical activities and experiences.

Pupils will see and hear from industry professionals at a range of different companies including BP, Maersk Training, Kongsberg Maritime, Baker Hughes, Apache and Schlumberger to gain knowledge and understanding of how the companies work together to explore, recover and process hydrocarbons.

The programme was piloted last year and proved highly popular amongst the school pupils and the companies taking part. Sixteen year old Nathaniel from Inverurie Academy – who took part last year – said: “I found the work experience gave me a deeper insight into the oil and gas sector and helped me to decide which career path I would like to follow.”

An OPITO spokesman said: “The industry is currently going through some challenging times with the reduction in the oil price, but companies recognise that they still need a steady pipeline of apprentices, graduates and young people to become the future workforce.”


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