Pupils inspired into oil and gas careers

Ben McKenzie, Euan Culley, Cameron Brown and Ryan Watson of Peterhead Academy
Ben McKenzie, Euan Culley, Cameron Brown and Ryan Watson of Peterhead Academy

Peterhead Academy students were among the 250 Aberdeen City and Shire secondary school pupils taking part in OPITO’s Energise Your Future event on Friday, September 11.

Pupils spent valuable time with companies representing some of the most innovative firms in the oil and gas industry.

During the final day of Offshore Europe, fifth and sixth year pupils from 17 schools across the north-east of Scotland experienced the exhibition as part of the exemplary schools engagement programme run by OPITO, the skills organisation for oil and gas.

A central fixture of the final day of Offshore Europe since 2009, Energise Your Future brings pupils closer to the industry by exposing them to participating companies in the hope of inspiring them to consider the potential that the oil industry holds for future careers.

To date, it has connected more than 11,000 pupils throughout the UK with industry.

A survey conducted at this year’s event revealed that 67% of students believe there is a long term future in the North Sea oil and gas industry.

When asked why they are attracted to the sector, the results showed that 72% said it was down to the global opportunities the industry offers.

Peterhead Academy S5 student Euan Culley (15) said: “I’ve really enjoyed meeting with the various companies; it’s been a really mind opening day and I’ve found out so many really fascinating things about the industry. I’ll definitely be keeping my options open.”