Energy course encourages more women into engineering

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A GROUP of female students from Mintlaw and Turriff academies are taking part in an innovative course which is hoping to make initial steps towards encouraging more women into the science, engineering and technology industries.

The 5th year students are all participating in Banff and Buchan College’s Skills for Work Energy course which is sponsored by Shell and Schlumberger.

As part of their course the group visited Shell for the second annual ‘Girls Energy’ conference. The conference is organised in partnership with Banff and Buchan College to encourage team-building, discussion, presentation and negotiation skills.

The girls were divided into four groups - government, non-government organisation, villagers and operators. Each presented their views on carbon capture and storage and questioned the viewpoints of the other groups. A negotiator was then appointed within each group to find a viable solution acceptable to all parties. NGO was chosen as the winning team.

Shell’s St Fergus plant manager Alex Baird presented the girls with notebook pcs which were provided by Shell as part of its sponsorship of the programme.

The laptops will ensure each student has access to the technology they will need in order to complete their course.