Industry taster for school pupils

Aberdeen city and shire secondary school pupils seeking a practical insight into the oil and gas industry are being urged to sign up to Opito’s structured work-experience programme.

The oil and gas skills organisation is organising the week-long programme from Monday, June 1, which will give pupils aged 16 or over the opportunity to engage with some of the city’s major energy companies through a series of practical activities and experiences. 

Pupils will see and hear from industry professionals at a range of different companies including BP, Maersk Training, Kongsberg Maritime, Baker Hughes, Apache and Schlumberger to gain knowledge and understanding of how the companies work together to explore, recover and process hydrocarbons. The programme was piloted last year and proved highly popular among the school pupils and the companies taking part. 

Morven Spalding

Nathaniel,16, from Inverurie Academy, took part in the week last year. 

He said: “I found the Opito work experience to be an informative and useful week. It gave me a deeper insight into the oil and gas sector and helped me to decide which career path I would like to follow.” 

Opito’s skills development director, Morven Spalding, said: “The industry is currently going through some challenging times with the reduction in the oil price, but companies recognise that they still need a steady pipeline of apprentices, graduates and young people to become the future workforce.

“Opito’s work-experience programme is unlike anything else on offer to secondary school pupils in the north-east of Scotland because of the strong collaboration between schools and the oil and gas companies involved. 

“The feedback from last year’s pupils who took part in the event was extremely positive with the overriding message that, as  they were able to seek advice and guidance directly from professionals in the sector and learn first-hand where their talents and skills may be suited, it proved an invaluable opportunity to help solidify their future career path plans.” 

As well as practical industry-based experiences, pupils will have the opportunity to develop the skills they will need to present themselves to businesses, through working on CV writing and interview techniques in workshops with Urquhart Partnership. 

Pupils and schools who are interested in taking part in the week can find out more information and download registration forms from or e-mail Vivien Ellins  or Lucie Booth,


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