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Energising Opportunity for Young and Old

Energising Opportunity for Young and Old

05 December 2016

As many as 600 students, parents and teachers from the East of England connected with a range of companies during the first ever ‘Energise Your Future at the Skills for Energy Conference’ in the UK this week.

The one-day exhibition, which was held at the Zest Rooms, Potters Resort in Norfolk, was a collaboration between the skills organisation for the oil and gas industry, OPITO, Skills for Energy (SfE), the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) and key industry partners.

Companies taking part in the event included ENGIE E&P UK Limited, Proserv, Claxton Engineering, UK Power Networks, EDF Energy and ScottishPower Renewables.

Around 400 students from the East of England areas Norfolk, Suffolk and Waveney visited the various company stands during the three morning and afternoon exhibition sessions. They also took part in interactive STEM (Science, Technology, English and Mathematics) based activities which related to their studies.

The students were also able to engage directly with personnel from the firms to find out more information to help direct them towards the careers they aspire to.

The second element of the event saw high level, All-Energy speakers including ENGIE E&P UK Ltd, ScottishPower Renewables and EDF Energy engaging with 200 parents, teachers and key influencers to help them understand what the future holds for the energy sector in the region.

OPITO regional business and communications manager Liz Davis-Smith said: "The Energise Your Future at the Skills for Energy Conference is a unique event. Working closely with SfE, ECITB and our industry stakeholders has allowed us to create a dynamic format that will make it easier for young people to see pathways into the industry.

"We know from our eight years of delivering Energise Your Future events for industry that by giving the students a freer rein to speak directly to those already working in the industry, they discover a lot more about the options available to them and how they directly relate to their subject choices and the disciplines they are interested in.”

Talking ahead of the event, SfE programme manager Gemma Head said: "We are really pleased to be joining forces with the various partners, sponsors and industry supporters in the delivery of this event. In addition to the exhibition, it is really exciting to be adding the later session into the event which will provide clarity for parents, teachers and key influencers who may have reservations about recommending the energy industry as a career choice, particularly in light of the current downturn. Our aim is to provide them with a better understanding of the energy industry’s medium and long-term needs and to shine a light on the significant opportunities which this creative and evolving industry offers the next generation.”