Building relationships with schools is “absolutely key” if oil gas companies are to harness the best of local talent, according to OPITO interim chief executive John McDonald.
The comments came as secondary pupils from the north-east of Scotland will gain hands on experience of working in the oil and gas industry this week.
The youngsters will take an interactive tour of an oil rig, simulate drilling for hydrocarbons and operate a crane during OPITO’s Industry Awareness programme.
Mr McDonald said: “Our Industry Awareness programme sparks young imaginations and ambitions by inviting pupils to spend time in real-life oil and gas workplaces.
“Immersing pupils in this way can have a significant impact by opening their horizons to a variety of career opportunities. Those who may have been undecided or unsure of the direction they want to go after school have in the past made up their minds by engaging this closely with the roles they aspire to.”
“For industry, it is absolutely key to build relationships with schools despite the challenging times we have had over the last two years. We want to inspire and harness local talent because the fact remains that oil and gas is a major employer that offers the chance to work with technically brilliant people all over the world.”
The pupils, who are studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects will visit operational facilities for learning sessions with experienced oil and gas professionals.
The event is supported by Aker Solutions, ConcocoPhillips, EnerMech and Total E&P UK Ltd.
OPITO is an industry skills, standards and workforce development organisation.