Engaging education and work

s2-300x268Petrex; one step ahead have been showing their commitment to the community and local education. Wednesday the 12th of March saw ‘The Education Meets Enterprise Initiative’ arrive at Skene Square School. Recently, Youth Employment Minister Angela Constance has been stressing that the Government wants deeper and more comprehensive engagement between the world of education and the world of work.

s3-300x262The Petrex Team, Kevin, Derek and Ian were given a warm welcome by pupils and teachers discussing recent achievements and events following on from Skene Square School celebrating its’ 150th birthday. Introductions about Petrex 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.

skene-300x215Kevin Kit Ho; award winning Subsea Designer gave an interesting overview of 3D Modelling, Animation and Gaming technology within the Oil & Gas industry. An enthralled audience of twelve year olds suddenly realised that they now know what they want to be when they leave school, ideally a Subsea Designer! Derek Younie gave several workshop sessions on his Project Management experience and his interesting stories from his 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 in the pupils’ future career development.

Mr Adrian Anderson, Head of the Senior School was over the moon with the day and previous discussions with Petrex made sure the workshop content contributed to the school’s 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 school work, and once completed the schools panel of judges will sit with the Petrex team to find the ultimate winner and award very apt prizes.

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