OPITO Energises teens at Subsea Expo

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Pupils from Mearns and Mackie Academies recently took a deep dive into the subsea sector as part of OPITO’s Energise Your Future initiative.

This is the first time the skills organisation for oil and gas has invited pupils of this age to take part.

Pupils from schools across Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray and Fife attending the industry exhibition met with personnel at 20 exhibiting companies involved in OPITO’s interactive programme.

The pupils aged between 13 and 17 years old were involved in different activities at the stands, whilst learning about the diverse range of career opportunities available within the industry.

Now in its eighth year, Energise Your Future saw the pupils meeting up with a broad spectrum of subsea supply chain companies including Aker Solutions, DNV GL, IQARUS, AISUS Offshore and the National Hyberbaric Centre amongst others.

Participating companies provided interactive activities for the youngsters to gain hands on experience including piloting an ROV at Ac-cess, testing response skills at BEL Valves and a demonstration of pipeline integrity and fatigue at DNV GL.

OPITO UK managing director John McDonald said: “The Energise Your Future event at Subsea Expo provided stimulating and interesting practical experiences for the pupils and hopefully gave them an insight as to how the different aspects of the industry pulls together.

“Nothing beats being able to speak with the people who are already working at the companies you aspire to.

“The pupils were be able to discuss anything from future subject choices to entry routes into the industry.