OPITO, the global, not-for-profit energy skills organisation, in collaboration with Subsea UK hosted an Energise Your Future at Subsea Expo today, with the aim of engaging local young people and showing them how they can play a part in the long-term success of the industry.
More than 140 S4-S6 pupils from 12 North East schools attended the event, which took place at P&J Live. Energise Your Future aims to connect the next generation of talent with industry, giving pupils the opportunity to shape their future careers, particularly in the context of energy transition.
The inspirational event saw the young people work in teams on various STEM challenges including Lego Mindstorm and Robot Arms trials, which were delivered by Aberdeen Science Centre and STEM Ambassadors in partnership with OPITO and Subsea UK.
The school pupils were also given the opportunity to visit the exhibition floor to gain real insights into the technologies on show, which included operating an ROV simulator, interpreting sonar, fundamentals of saturation diving and an offshore-themed quiz meets escape room.
Trish Banks, Subsea UK, commented: “The Energise Your Future initiative offers a fantastic opportunity for young people to engage with industry, and discover first-hand the career opportunities and world-class technology coming out of the underwater sector and being deployed globally. We hope the event opens their eyes to the infinite possibilities a future career in the subsea and wider global energy industry can offer.”
Jill Glennie, Director of External Affairs at OPITO, commented: “Investing time in the next generation, and giving them an opportunity not only to have their voice heard but also to discover what a career in the energy industry can offer, is incredibly important. Energise Your Future events offer a forum for pupils to get to grips with hands-on STEM challenges at a time when they are considering their future career path.
“As identified in the recent OPITO UKCS Workforce Dynamics Review, by 2025 there will be over 4,500 people employed in roles that don’t currently exist. It’s clear that industry must continue to deliver opportunities to ignite the imaginations of our young people.”