Mintlaw Academy girls shine at Shell event

Girls outside St Fergus Gas Plant.
Girls outside St Fergus Gas Plant.

Six girls from Mintlaw Academy have recently taken part in a two-week work experience programme sponsored by Shell.

The secondary school pupils have been taking part in Banff & Buchan College’s “Skills for Work - Energy”, a two-year programme designed to show young women the range of career opporunities in the energy industry.

The girls’ work experience included a visit to an offshore supply vessel, laboratories, CHC Helicopters in Dyce and St Fergus Gas Plant where they met scores of oil and gas specialists.

The girls spoke to members of Shell’s Women’s Network about diversity and inclusiveness, as well as the importance of supporting colleagues in the workplace and building a network of contacts.

The young students also attended a meeting at Oil & Gas UK, where they delivered a presentation on what they learned during the course.

Glen Cayley, Technical Vice-President for Shell Upstream Europe, said: “I am delighted this course is producing such successful students.

“It is particularly pleasing to see young females taking their first steps to a career in the oil and gas industry.

“Encouraging and supporting the next generation of engineers is a key priority for Shell”.

Grace Brown, who participated in the work experience programme, said: “This experience with Shell has influenced my decision to pursue a career in the energy industry. Meeting employees from the comp

“any has expanded my knowledge of the different careers and opportunities on offer”.

Susan Lumsden, who also took part, added: “Before I came to Shell my thoughts about my future career changed every week.

“But after hearing about the different opportunities available I would like to pursue a career in mechanical engineering”.