OPITO kicked off its latest work experience programme on Monday by inviting more than 50 pupils from across the northeast of Scotland to learn more about the world of oil and gas.
School pupils from as far afield as Fraserburgh, Elgin and Keith to Stonehaven, Laurencekirk and Banchory - as well as a pupil from Kirkwall Grammar School in Orkney - signed up to take part in the initiative during their October holidays.
A number of pupils previously attended an initial week-long programme in June. During this second two-day session, they will get the chance to gain first-hand experience in different companies, ranging from operators to businesses across the supply chain.
This invaluable programme started here at Total E&P UK, where the pupils have learned about Total E&P UK's current activities, decommissioning, emergency response procedures, along with visiting the SMART room and completing STEM challenges with our current graduates.
Sandra McLennan, Senior Communications Adviser said, “Covering Total E&P UK’s vast operational activity and the associated disciplines into a one day programme was a challenge. Throughout the sessions our presenters gave a valuable insight into the industry, their roles and Total E&P UK’s position as an operator during the current economic climate. The event highlighted the importance for Total E&P UK to support these initiatives as it provides an opportunity to discuss issues that may influence school pupils career choices as they consider employment options within the industry.”
Rachel Lowe who attended last year's OPITO work exeperience programme is testiment to the success of the programme as she started on Monday at Total E&P UK for a week long work experience along side engineers in the operations department.
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