23rd November 2015
~ Initiative brings teachers closer to the oil and gas industry ~
VISITS to a self-propelled jack-up vessel and oil and gas geophysical laboratories are the order of the week for teachers, careers advisors and educational support organisations across Norfolk, Suffolk and Hertfordshire as they participate in oil and gas industry skills body OPITO’s inaugural Pipeline of Information initiative.
The series of events, which are being hosted by five companies in Great Yarmouth and Norwich across the week, will help teachers and key influencers in local schools and colleges to ensure what they deliver in the classroom can be made relevant to real life situations in the work place, focusing on the oil and gas industry.
OPITO, in association with education and business partnership organisation Beacon East, have organised a range of companies to participate including Seajacks, Petrofac, Gardline Geosurvey, Proeon and Proserv.
Each organisation will provide a different experience, such as Seajacks vessel tours, visits to the Gardline laboratories and meeting with staff at Proserv to take a deep dive into selected career paths.
OPITO have recognised that, in order to bridge the skills gap, teachers, careers advisors and course tutors must be aware of what skills the youngsters actually need to work in the industry. This will then ensure that teachers and those of influence can explain to pupils why their learning is relevant to their future.
Regional development manager at OPITO and event organiser Liz Davis-Smith said: “We’ve taken a step back with this initiative and are targeting our efforts toward teachers and career advisors instead of pupils. Teachers are core influencers in the future of the next generation, so it is imperative that they understand the routes into the industry.
“It’s hoped that this will ultimately increase the next generation’s knowledge of how their subjects can help them in adulthood.”
Ian Robertson, HR / Crewing Manager, at Seajacks commented: “It is so important to reach out to this particular audience as they are key in providing crucial advice to the next generation.
“I hope that providing the experience of what it’s like to live and work in the offshore industry will go some way in increasing the understanding of teachers, careers advisors and course tutors so that they can help to tailor the learning experience of their students.”
The event comes just weeks after OPITO hosted their Energise Your Future day in Great Yarmouth which saw pupils from London, Suffolk and Norfolk interact with the companies to get a taste of the industry.