At a recent induction day a total of 80 female pupils came together from eight academies to meet each other for the first time and speak 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.
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 Banff; Ellon; Hazelhead; Meldrum; Mintlaw; Peterhead, Turriff and The Gordon Schools, Huntly.