The Shell Engineering Scheme is a prestigious training programme, for 16-24 year olds, and is run in partnership with Banff and Buchan College. This year it celebrates 11 years of success since its launch in 2002. It is an intense course, over a two year period, with a mix of practical and theoretical work which helps them to prepare for the world of work. The students will graduate with an HNC/D in an engineering discipline, an SVQ in Performing Engineering Operations and they will also be given training in health & safety, management, team working and interpersonal skills. 

“Enhancing the future skills base of the oil and gas industry in Scotland is a key priority, for Shell and the industry” said Glen Cayley, Upstream Director Shell UK & Ireland. “The energy sector must recruit and train the right people with the right skills in order to succeed, and the Shell Engineering Scheme has provided industry-relevant engineering skills and knowledge for over 130 students since it started in 2002.”

Also on the stand today, we will be welcoming a new intake of young women on to the Shell Girls in Energy programme, a one year all-girl course for 14–16 year olds, in secondary education. The course is designed by Banff and Buchan College and Shell to build skills around science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and to open young women’s eyes to the energy industry’s wealth of careers.

Fergus Ewing MSP said “Supporting women to fulfil their potential in the labour market is a key aim of the Scottish Government. The oil and gas industry supports around 450,000 jobs, with 50% of those estimated to be here in Scotland. We have almost 2,000 service and supply companies active in more than 100 countries worldwide. However this remains an industry where we struggle to attract and retain women in the workforce.  

More needs to be done, particularly to address the under-representation of women in industries like oil and gas particularly as the industry in Scotland presents huge opportunities now and in the future.

“That is why I am delighted that today I can welcome these young people, and particularly women, in to the industry. Through Energy Skills Scotland we will work with industry, building on events like these today, to look at how we can address the gender imbalance that exists.”

Opening up career options and opportunities is the key to the success of both of these programmes, key to increased participation in STEM subjects from a young age, and key to looking for solutions to critical challenges such as meeting soaring global energy demand while limiting CO2 emissions.


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