Oil opportunities for school pupils

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School pupils are being encouraged to find out more about offshore employment opportunities, with some help from Aberdeenshire Council.

The local authority’s Economic Development Service funded transport for pupils from S3 to S6 pupils to attend the Subsea 2013 conference at the AECC earlier this month. Pupils watched The Boundless Frontier presentation from Dr Joe MacInnis, a physician-scientist who studies leadership in high-risk environments.

The Provost of Aberdeenshire, Councillor Jill Webster, visited the annual conference to show her support for the sector which employs 6,000 people in Westhill alone.

She joined the students to watch The Boundless Frontier presentation, and then spoke with some of the pupils afterwards.

She said: “The subsea sector has a vital part of play in the Aberdeenshire economy. Westhill is rightfully recognised as the global centre of subsea engineering excellence and Peterhead, with its recent infrastructure developments, is fast becoming the subsea sector’s port of choice. With the industry enjoying remarkable levels of growth, products designed and manufactured in, and shipped from Aberdeenshire, are crucial to the international energy sector.”