East Anglian students look to oil and gas careers on air, land and sea

The Lowestoft College wind turbine training tower, scaled by students on a previous visit. Picture:

The Lowestoft College wind turbine training tower, scaled by students on a previous visit. Picture: MICK HOWES - Credit: Archant

More than 100 teenagers from Norfolk and Suffolk will experience what it is like to work in the oil and gas industry this week.

From seeing inside a helicopter used to transport workers offshore, to scaling a 22-metre high training tower, about 135 youngsters will also have the chance to meet with local businesses and explore the career options the sector has to offer.

As part of OPITO's Platform of Opportunity Week – running between March 13 and March 17 – in partnership with East Norfolk Sixth Form College, students aged between 15 and 18 from Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft will have the chance to visit nine companies as they consider their future career choices.

The students from East Norfolk Sixth Form College, Great Yarmouth College, Lowestoft College, Flegg High School, Acle Academy and Great Yarmouth High School will gain an insight into how energy companies operate, the difference between various job roles and the variety of entry routes open to them.

From exploring one of NHV Helicopters' aircraft and having the opportunity to climb a high tower, students who visit Lowestoft College will also be encouraged to try out navigating vessels on the training bridge simulation, encounter survival techniques offshore by trying out a life-raft and climb the turbine tower.

OPITO, the safety, standards and workforce development organisation for the oil and gas industry, has also arranged activities at Proserv, Fraser Well Management, Gardline Geosurvey, and AFS Limited.

OPITO UK's regional business and communications manager, Liz Davis-Smith, said: 'The Platform of Opportunity Week offers so many opportunities for the next generation to get a unique hands-on look at the type of companies and roles they could aspire to if they pursue a career in the oil and gas industry. We are in a fortunate position that so many businesses in the region are keen to show their support, get involved and spend time with these young people.'

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East Norfolk Sixth Form College student services manager Nicky Casey said: 'We are delighted to be working in partnership with OPITO for the fourth year, offering these unique experiences to our students and to those of neighbouring schools and colleges.'

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