Conference promotes young women in power

The young women at the recent Skills for Energy Shell Conference.
The young women at the recent Skills for Energy Shell Conference.

As part of North East Scotland College’s Skills for Work Energy Course, 77 female students from Peterhead, MintlawBanff, Turriff, Ellon, Huntly, Meldrum and Hazlehead Academies recently attended the fifth Shell Energy conference.

Held at Woodbank in Aberdeen, the students participated in an energy challenge on how the next generation of scientists and engineers are going to meet tomorrow’s energy demands.

Duncan Abernethy, head of Business and Community Development said: “This year’s assignment was set to encourage team building, discussion, research, and presentation & negotiation skills, along with the added challenge of putting forward a point of view that was not necessarily the student’s own.

“This will all be invaluable to them when they enter the world of work.”

The young women spent time discussing the topic from respective angles followed by a presentation of their findings to the wider groups.

Each team selected a student to act as a negotiator; the aim was to work together across team boundaries to find an acceptable solution.

John Raine, communications and social performance advisor for Shell said: “Building the future skills base of the oil and gas industry in Scotland is a key priority, therefore ensuring that young women see an opportunity in the industry is vital.

“I’m always encouraged to see young people excited and fascinated by their first experiences of the business, and Shell UK is working to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists in our own backyard.”

The pupils are undertaking the National 5 Skills for Work Energy programme course along with their usual subjects at school.

This course which provides training to encourage more women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers is sponsored by ACE Winches, Schlumberger, Score Group plc and Shell UK Limited.