College course celebrates ten years

10 years: Students Gregor Pirie, Fraserburgh, and Claire Smith Strichen, are joined with John Lang, David Cook and Fergus Ewing on the shell stand at Offshore Europe
10 years: Students Gregor Pirie, Fraserburgh, and Claire Smith Strichen, are joined with John Lang, David Cook and Fergus Ewing on the shell stand at Offshore Europe

A prestigious engineering scheme celebrated ten years at Offshore Europe last week.

The course which was launched by Banff and Buchan College had its celebrations led by Energy Minister Fergus Ewing.

The Shell Engineering scheme, run in partnership with Banff and Buchan College and Shell U.K. Limited, is designed to enable young people to access training that will allow them to enter the engineering jobs market of the energy sector.

This year’s students who began their induction at the college at the end of August attended the official launch celebration by meeting Energy Minister Fergus Ewing and John Lang, Shell’s Central North Sea Operations manager.

Mr Ewing said: “Now is an exciting time for young people thinking of entering the oil and gas industry.

“The Shell Engineering Scheme is an example of an employer investing in young people and helping them to make their first step into the world of work.

“It has a great record of success, and gives young people a tremendous opportunity to help them prepare for the world of work within this skilled and rewarding industry. I wish the 2011 class every success.”

Phil Wilson, technology, engineering and renewables sector manager for Banff and Buchan College said that the course was designed to creat a ‘rounded graduate.’

He said: “The support from Shell is invaluable because they arrange visits and experience for the students throughout the course which introduce them to the world of work.”