Industry visit for Peterhead pupils

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Third year pupils from Peterhead Academy enjoyed a visit to Score Group plc as part of North East Scotland College’s Skills for Work Energy programme.

The thirteen girls toured two of Score’s sites - Glenugie and Wellbank – and were guided through workshops dedicated to both valves and industrial gas turbines services.

An important part of this year long course is the opportunity for pupils to meet industry representatives and attend site visits.

The trip to Score was designed for the class to find out more about working life within the energy sector.

Steven Wilson, Health, Safety and Environment and Training Manager Score Europe said: “This programme is an important initiative to raise the profile of engineering careers as a viable option for all females, we have recruited females from this programme in the past and they remain effective contributors to the Score operation.”

The pupils attended an induction and safety briefing before entering the workshops of the Glenugie site – headquarters of Score Group.

The group toured the sheds dedicated to the storage, modification, repairing and testing of a wide assortment of valves.

Pupil Rachael Wemyss said: “I learned a lot about what Score offers and how valves and actuators work together, we got lots of information and it was very interesting.”

The class then travelled to Wellbank site to tour the facilities where the gas turbine engines are stripped down, overhauled and tested.

Pam Tateson, College lecturer for the course said: “We were all impressed with the facilities especially the Glen test cell and Gas Flow stand areas, many thanks to our exceptional tour guides and to all those who helped with the organisation of this visit.”

The morning concluded with short presentations delivered by Score employees who were previous students of the Skills for Work Energy course.

Christine Helyer and Susan Lumsden shared their journeys into engineering and held a lively question and answer session at the end.

The Skills for Work Energy course is sponsored by Shell UK and leads to a National 5 qualification.

It has been designed to encourage more girls to consider a Science Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related career.

John Raine, Social Investment for Shell, 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: Delivering affordable and sustainable energy, while reducing carbon emissions.

“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 critically we need to encourage more women to consider a career in the energy industry – who are traditionally are under-represented in the energy industry.

“So, Shell and NESCol have developed a Skills for Work programme called “Girls in Energy” where working in collaboration with our industry partners, we hope to open the students eyes to the wealth of careers available to them in the energy industry.”