The next generation of Girl Power!

The 15 female students who took part in Shell's Girls in Energy programme.
The 15 female students who took part in Shell's Girls in Energy programme.

Fifteen female students from across Scotland have recently taken part in a unique two-week industry experience with Shell.

The ‘Girls in Energy’ programme aims to inspire female students who are interested in a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

The course also aims to encourage the students to consider a future career in the Energy industry.

During their two week placement, the students, many of whom were from Aberdeenshire. received presentations on the wide variety of careers available in the energy industry from Shell employees.

They also visited a range of oil and gas contractors, which included Survivex, Subsea 7, 3M as well as visiting the Mossmorran Gas Plant in Fife.

To conclude their experience, the students travelled to London to take part in Shell’s Make the Future Festival.

Speaking about this unique event, Shell’s vice-president for Upstream in the UK and Irealnd, Paul Goodfellow said: “Shell has a vital role to play in inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists.

“We need to develop and recruit the right people to meet one of the biggest challenges facing the world right now.

“We know the UK is facing a major shortage of STEM skills.

“Research tells us that we need to double the number of people going into engineering and importantly we need to encourage more women to consider careers in the energy industry.”

This year Shell sponsored over 120 young females from across Scotland who are taking part in the “Skills for Work - Energy” - a one year programme designed to open young women’s eyes to the energy industry’s wealth of career opportunities.

The programme is targeted at girls aged between 14 to 16 years of age who are in secondary education and is delivered by North East Scotland College (NESCol) and Fife College.

The project-based course covers topics including solar and wind energy, oil and gas, and carbon storage.

This means the girls have to apply their skills across a variety of subjects to produce the reports or presentations they are assigned.