Students get hands-on experience of oil and gas sector in Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth college students at Gardline Marine Sciences learning about geotechnical soil samplin

Great Yarmouth college students at Gardline Marine Sciences learning about geotechnical soil sampling and seismic activities.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

More than 170 students got a hands-on taste of working in the offshore energy sector when they took part in a week-long work experience.

Pupils aged 14 to 18 from Great Yarmouth College, East Norfolk Sixth Form, Flegg High, Caister High, Acle Academy, Stalham High and Pakefield High applied for a place on the OPITO Platform of Opportunity scheme, and visited firms to get am insight into working in the oil and gas arena.

Among the companies they visited was Gardline in Yarmouth where they had experience in soil sampling and seismic activities. Later, they visited Norwich Airport to explore the inside of an offshore helicopter.

Ed Self, geophysical interpretation manager at Gardline, said: 'The oil and gas industry should be a dynamic and exciting prospect for young people and it's critical that organisations from every sector engage with the next generation and inspire them to pursue the opportunities it offers.'

The programme is now in its second year and organisers have seen rising interest from students and businesses in 2015.

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Other activities held over the week included an introduction to well engineering. Workshops were also held to help the students learn important professional skills such as CV writing and interview techniques.

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