Energy industry insight for pupils

Andrew with a salt water car.
Andrew with a salt water car.
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A total of 80 female pupils from eight North-east academies recently met one other for the first time and spoke to the sponsors of North East Scotland College’s Skills for Work - Energy course.

ACE Winches, Score Europe, Shell UK and Schlumberger all held mini workshops with the students at the induction day.

The workshops were designed to give the students a flavour of the variety of career paths on offer.

The year-long course has been designed in a bid to encourage more young women to consider a Science Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related career.

The event was open to pupils aged from 14 to 17 years.

Competition for the places is fierce and applicants are interviewed prior to being accepted onto the course which is run as a timetabled option at school.

The course covers a range of topics including solar and wind energy, oil and gas extraction and the grid.

In addition to classroom study the course consists of industry visits, workshops and an annual conference which is hosted at Shell UK’s conference facility at Woodbank.

This year the participating academies included Ellon, Banff, Hazlehead, Meldrum, Mintlaw, Peterhead, Turriff and The Gordon Schools, Huntly.