Hundreds of students experience Norfolk’s oil and gas sector

PUBLISHED: 09:30 14 July 2014 | UPDATED: 09:30 14 July 2014

Offshore company Fugro opens its doors to local pupils to look around geotechnical labs and workshops.
Students Jake Bridges and Harry Mackie doing a health and safety hazard awarness exercise.

Picture: James Bass

Offshore company Fugro opens its doors to local pupils to look around geotechnical labs and workshops. Students Jake Bridges and Harry Mackie doing a health and safety hazard awarness exercise. Picture: James Bass

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More than 250 pupils from across Norfolk have been handed a behind-the-scenes glance at some of the region’s biggest oil and gas companies as part of a week-long education drive.

The students – in Years 10 and 12 – teamed up with staff at Fugro Alluvial Offshore, Petrofac, Aquaterra Energy, AKD Engineering, Seajacks UK and Fraser Offshore to see how different sectors help shape the energy industry. As part of the scheme, they have discovered how exploration and production operators find, extract and process hydrocarbons, while examining onshore and offshore roles and taking part in interactive workshops.

Last week a group of Year 12 students visited Fugro Alluvial Offshore, where they took part in a range of health and safety activities.

The Platform of Opportunity programme is funded and managed by oil and gas skills organisation Opito in academic partnership with East Norfolk Sixth Form College.

Liz Davis-Smith, regional development manager of Opito, said: “This is like no other education programme in the industry and there has been
an unparalleled level of co-operation between all the partner organisations to ensure it provides an informative and relevant overview to young people thinking about their

“It not only gives pupils a great insight into the size and scale of the oil and gas sector in the region, it allows them to connect with leading professionals and see first-hand the diverse range of careers oil and gas offers and the skills needed to achieve them. The foundation of knowledge the students will take away from this week will set them on the right path for success in the future.”

Meanwhile, the youngsters also took part in a personal branding seminar alerting students to the pitfalls of social media with tips on image, self-confidence and CV writing skills.

Daphne King, principal at East Norfolk Sixth Form College said: “The college is delighted to be working in partnership with OPITO on this cutting-edge project.

“This region offers new and exciting prospects for career progression and I am grateful to Opito for providing a unique opportunity for our young people to visit some of our most enterprising businesses within the oil and gas industry.”

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