The Intervention & Coiled Tubing Association (ICoTA) European Chapter and SPE Aberdeen are on the hunt for the next generation of energy leaders by offering innovative school pupils in the area the chance to impress industry experts in a new competition.
The competition, entitled The Energy Apprentice, sets a challenge to pupils from Cults, Kemnay, Dyce and Westhill Academies to devise a smart and sustainable idea for the oil and gas sector and to present it before a panel of industry representatives. Presentations will be held in advance of the 18th SPE ICoTA European Well Intervention Conference, entitled ‘Delivering more for less’, at the AECC in Aberdeen on November 14 and 15.
For the inaugural competition, two schools from Aberdeen City and two from Aberdeenshire were invited to take part. However it is hoped that more will join in future for what will become an annual event.
Speaking of the competition ICoTA Chairman Callum Munro said: “Contrary to some opinions, the future of the oil industry is secure, however it is our responsibility to ensure that it remains that way and that is what we are aiming to do with The Energy Apprentice.
“By planning for the future and giving a new generation the chance to learn and think about the industry in a fun and constructive environment we hope to show these young people what an exciting and fulfilling sector energy can be to work in, as well as getting their insights into what it may look like in the years ahead.”
As well as being a learning exercise for the participants, both ICoTA and SPE Aberdeen hope that the event will ignite imagination and forward thinking amongst pupils as it aims to keep the North East at the centre of technological innovation in the oil and gas industry.
With the winning team members will each receive an IPad and a 3D printer for their school, both ICoTA and SPE Aberdeen expect strong competition between the schools.
Ross Lowdon, vice chair of SPE Aberdeen’s schools and career guidance committee, said: “This competition aims to build long lasting links between schools and industry and encourage an interest in the next generation of oil and gas workers. We want them to see the appeal of working in this industry, and to develop the skills required to succeed.
“SPE Aberdeen is excited to host this event alongside ICoTA and we are looking forward to some innovative and intelligent ideas to come from these young, creative minds.”
ICoTA Europe and SPE Aberdeen search for the next Energy Apprentice