Ellon pupils enjoy career day at Petrofac

Ellon Academy pupils Lewis Insch and Andrew Imray demonstrating use of the smoke hood as part of an introduction to offshore safety training
Ellon Academy pupils Lewis Insch and Andrew Imray demonstrating use of the smoke hood as part of an introduction to offshore safety training

Ellon Academy pupils are gearing up for possible futures in the oil and gas industry after visiting Petrofac Training Services (PTS) in Aberdeen.

35 15-16 year olds from Ellon Academy and Bucksburn Academy visited the PTS training centre to find out about the kind of training needed for an offshore career.

Pupils learned about fire safety, offshore survival and visited the Major Emergency Management simulator, which replicates the events of a major offshore incident.

The event was part of a package of visits set up by the schools to help the pupils get a better insight into the career opportunities open to them as they approach school leaving age.

It also included a visit to OPITO, the industry training and skills body in Portlethen.

Ellon Academy teacher, Helen O’Brien, said: “We’re very grateful to Petrofac for the opportunity to visit the Survival Training Centre.

“The pupils had a great time and got a lot out of it.

“It’s very important for them at this stage to get as much information as possible about what employers look for in prospective employees when they leave school, and what they have to do to make themselves attractive candidates for the oil industry, including getting the right sort of training.”

Mike Raby, Survival and Marine Team Leader at Petrofac Training Services, said: “It was great to have the pupils here with us to find out a bit more about the industry and the training they might need.

They are welcome here anytime and it’s always good to see young people thinking about a career in our industry.

“Hopefully we will see some of them again before too long.”