High School Pupils Descend on Offshore Europe for Last Day

More than 300 school children are descending on the Offshore Europe 2013 conference in Aberdeen, Scotland on its last day in what industry training body OPITO has described as the "biggest ever" Offshore Europe turnout by the next generation.

The high school pupils are at the show Friday for the only interactive careers event that links the oil and gas industry with its future workforce. Called "Energise Your Future", the event will see the 300 pupils from schools across Aberdeenshire and Moray engage with more than 35 oil and gas companies to find out what life in the energy sector is like.

OPITO, which is running and organizing the event, said it aims to showcase how the oil and gas industry offers new entrants a diverse range of challenging and rewarding career options with longevity, variety and opportunities to travel.

"Much has been said about the lack of interest young people have in science and technology and how the numbers taking up these subjects have fallen over the years. This means that industries, like oil and gas, which depend on science, engineering and technology skills are now finding it difficult to source the talented people they need," OPITO Regional Manager Liz Davis-Smith said in a statement.

"Energise Your Future gives the next generation a better understanding of what they can aspire to be within the industry and the varied entry routes they can take depending on their personal interests and skills."

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James Hart | Sep. 10, 2013
I am a 39 year old Plumber and Heating Engineer who recently gave up his job to study for my HND in Measurement & Control engineering. I was looking to start a new career in Instrumentation within the oil and Gas Industry. Since I graduated in 2012 I have applied for countless jobs in the oil and gas industry including OPITO but as yet have had no luck gaining employment. I wasnt even accepted for assessment at OPITO because I didnt have my maths standard grade even though I done Maths during my HND. So what I am trying to say is if the Offshore industry is desperate for workers, I certainly havent seen it.

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