Girls from North-east academies take the plunge

A group of students visiting Falck Safety Services recently.
A group of students visiting Falck Safety Services recently.

A group of female pupils from Mintlaw, Peterhead and Ellon academies visited offshore safety and survival firm Falck Safety Services recently.

The group made the visit to the Dyce-based firm as part of their Skills for Work Energy programme run by North East Scotland College.

In total, more than 20 students took the plunge in a simulated submerged helicopter as part of a day devoted to survival training at sea.

Commenting, Energy lecturer Pam Tateson said: “As part of the programme the girls are given various opportunities to visit firms within the industry, so that they can relate the skills they learn throughout the course to real life job opportunities.

“This visit was arranged to enable the students to have a taster on the survival training required to work in an offshore environment. We would all like to thank everyone at Falck Safety Services for this experience – it has certainly been a day to remember.”

The girls were given training in the classroom on all aspect of survival at sea, including how to survive in a life raft, keep as warm as possible in water and how to get noticed by rescue teams.

With the help of qualified instructors and divers, the students were also tasked with escaping safely from a submerged helicopter.

The college’s Skills for Work Energy programme is supported by Shell, Schlumberger, Technip, Ace Winches and Score, and aims to encourage female students to join the energy industry.