Education Meets Enterprise Initiative

skene-school-education-workshop-300x227Petrex, the Aberdeen based Subsea Engineering and Project Management Consultancy, have been showing their commitment to the community and local education.  Last month saw ‘The Petrex Education Meets Enterprise Initiative’ arrive at Skene Square School. Recently we heard Youth Employment Minister Angela Constance stressing that the Government wants deeper and more comprehensive engagement between the world of education and the world of work.

We also constantly hear of the North Easts’ on going skills shortage in the Oil & Gas arena, due to a lack of understanding and poor early intervention with information available to schools. Petrex:  a proactive forward thinking company decided to start their own local project. The Petrex Education Meets Enterprise Team, Kevin, Derek and Ian were given a warm welcome by pupils and teachers alike discussing recent achievements and events at the school following on from Skene Square School celebrating its’ recent  150th birthday. Petrex introductions over, there then followed a day of informative presentations and interactive group sessions to senior school pupils sharing a general awareness of The Oil, Gas and Renewables Industry.

Kevin Kit Ho an award winning Subsea Designer gave an interesting overview of a Subsea Field Development Project with the use of his show stopping 3D animations. An enthralled audience of twelve year olds suddenly realised how cool it would be to have a career as a Subsea Designer. Derek Younie gave several workshop sessions on his Project Management Work and his interesting stories from his working world travels, followed by an extremely popular feature on Personal Protection Equipment. Ian Pithie finally tied everything together discussing the ethics of good business and how all the topics of discussion could help the pupils in their future career development. Ian commented, “The attentive Skene Square children were a credit to their school, showing great interest in their local economy and future challenges within the North Sea.”

Eileen Jessamine, Head Teacher at Skene Square was over the moon with the results and previous discussions with Petrex made sure that the days content also supported the schools current Curriculum for Excellence. Finally, a Design Challenge was put to the Skene Square Seniors as they were asked to design how they would see the Subsea Field Development in the year 2050! This will form part of their term work, and once completed the schools panel of judges will sit with the Petrex team to find the ultimate winner and award very apt industry related prizes.

Petrex, established in 2008 is a privately owned Subsea Engineering and Project Management Consultancy actively working in the International Oil, Gas and Renewables Industry.

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