Mintlaw Academy girls get valuable survival training with Falck Nutec

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Female pupils from Mintlaw Academy enjoyed a visit to offshore safety and survival firm Falck Nutec as part of their Skills for Work Energy programme run by Banff and Buchan College.

The visit was arranged to enable the girls to have a taster on the survival training required to work in an offshore

The pupils were given training in the classroom on all aspects of survival at sea including how to survive in a life craft, how to keep as warm as possible in water and how to get noticed by rescue teams.

Girl power took over in the pool where the girls, with the help of the qualified instructors and divers, put their classroom knowledge into action when they had to escape from a submerged

Sammy Murray of Falck Nutec said : “This is the third year in a row that we have hosted the girls from Banff and Buchan College and we were delighted to offer an insight into the energy industry.

“The industry is often considered a predominantly male sector however we are seeing increasing numbers of females passing through our training centres.

“We are keen to continue with initiatives like this to promote the sector to an ever expanding workforce.”

The Skills for Work Energy programme is run by Banff and Buchan College and has recently been recognised as an area of excellent practice by HMIe.

The Mintlaw Academy Girls in Energy programme is supported by Shell. It aims to introduce female students to the Energy Industry by providing positive training, to encourage more females into a typically male-dominated industry. As part of the programme the girls are given various opportunities to visit firms within the industry, so that they can relate the skills they learn throughout the course to real life job opportunities.