Aberdeen City Leader Endorses Petrex Initiative – Follow Up and Prize Giving

skene-school-01 50Petrex were at Skene Square School this week as the follow up and prize giving for the Education Meets Enterprise Initiative, a recent partnership between the Subsea Engineering Company and the local school. Everyone was pleased to meet Leader of Aberdeen City Council Jenny Laing who is also the Convenor of Education, Culture and Sport, who fully endorsing the programme, agreed to present the well- deserved competition prizes.

Speaking to a packed assembly hall of over three hundred and fifty children the Petrex team talked about the recent work the senior pupils had been doing in relation to the Oil, Gas and Renewables business. 

Ian Pithie, Business Manager for Petrex explained that as well as being endorsed by the Leader of Aberdeen City Council Jenny Laing, the local initiative was given support by Chris Milner, the Chairman of the Aberdeen Branch of the Society For Underwater Technology. “Chris came to our office and was a vital part in the judging process of the Design Competition, which all the senior school pupils entered.  Always championing education, Chris agreed that this style of project was an ideal stepping stone for early awareness into an industry offering great opportunities in the North East, and a further step in in the right direction, helping reduce the future skills gap facing key areas in the Oil and Gas Industry.”

A wonderful array of prizes were presented to the engineers of the future, whose designs represented creativity, authenticity and a good use of vocabulary. Leader of Aberdeen City Council Jenny Laing said: “This is a fantastic example of an education meets business initiative which has clearly be a great experience for everyone involved.   By offering our young people the opportunity to meet and learn from business leaders in the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors we can help ignite an interest which will encourage pupils to consider the wide range of educational and career opportunities these industries have to offer.

Skene Square Head Teacher, Eileen Jessamine thanked Petrex for their time and input on behalf of the students and teachers saying, “We are very fortunate for a local company such as Petrex to come here to spend time helping pupils understand how the Oil and Gas industry works. We are also grateful for their generosity with the prizes being presented here today.”

Photo shows: Back row L to R, Ian Pithie Business Manager, Derek Younie Senior Project Engineer, Leader of Aberdeen City Council Jenny Laing. Front row L to R, Prize winners are Nilda Pollares (joint first), Haydon Campbell (third place), Fraser Wilson (second place), Jordan Dutch (joint first). Outside Skene Square School.   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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