The 2018 program is coming to an end and planning has begun to make the 2019 program even bigger! We had the privilege to present the Next Generation Schools Program to 12 schools and over 450 students this year, including regional school Dongara District High School. For all our program highlights, take a look through our 2018 Annual Report
Connecting the 'Next Generation' to careers in the oil and gas industry
To introduce the "Next Generation" to the Oil & Gas industry in a fun, interactive and educational environment. We aim to educate students about the oil and gas industry and the important role energy plays in our society, as we provide information on the diversity of careers options available.
By matching each school with an industry mentor, students get first hand access to information from someone working directly in the industry. This program provides an opportunity to inspire the next generation and promote the oil and gas industry to our future workforce.
Year 8 - 10 students
Each school is assigned a Lead Mentor who will work with the teachers to present the Next Generation Program. The program is presented over 4 mentor visits and will conclude with the Student Expo Day. The mentor will work with the teacher to schedule the school visits, offering flexibility for those involved.
The four mentor visits will cover the following topics:
Visit 1: Introduction to energy - Importance of energy, an overview of Oil & Gas, where it is found, and the impact the industry has on society.
Visit 2: Lead Mentor will be assigned 2 guest mentors from various backgrounds to form a panel. Each mentor will share their experiences in their career, study pathways, benefits, and opportunities.
Visit 3: Learn about the project life-cycle and introduction to the careers required to complete a project.
Visit 4: Educate students on the various careers required to complete a project, such as Exploration, Drilling, Development, and Downstream..
During the mentor visits, students will learn about the oil and gas industry and the mentors will conduct interactive experiments and activities.
Each year the program is growing and we currently aim to have over 450 students from up to 14 local schools participating annually. We have revised the program to be ‑flexible to suit each school’s individual needs. The Next Generation committee have worked closely with teachers to continue to develop the program, keeping it current, engaging and adding value to the students’ education by providing information on career pathways that may not be already easily accessible to them.
Want to join a Brighter community
We’re delighted to have the Brighter Program come on board as sponsor of the Next Generation Schools Program. The Brighter program is a new way of talking to Australians about the role natural gas plays in their everyday life.
From gas-powered ships and the best public BBQs to the role industry plays in STEM education and supporting small businesses, the Brighter program exists to draw out and champion the positive stories surrounding Australian natural gas.
Brighter is telling these stories through stakeholders and local communities, a vast array of digital channels, at local forums, through creative media and at live events. Brighter is reaching a broad cross-section of Australians, including those completely unfamiliar with the industry, in a way that’s meaningful to them.
We’d love you to join us to spread the word or just learn more - find and follow Brighter through these channels:
The program culminates in the Student Expo Day, held at Edith Cowan University. This is a great day out on campus, giving students the changes to experience uni life and also learn about the opportunities available to them when they finish high school.
We work with industry supporters who provide industry related activities and games for students to complete. Students will rotate between all the exhibitions and generate points through the industry related activities. The group who accumulates the most points will win the 2018 program.
The Student Expo Day is open to all students to attend. Students are required to form groups of 5-6 and work as a team to get points.
Mentoring is a rewarding experience and an opportunity to give back to the community and the industry you work in, and enhance your own personal development.
If you are an energetic, positive role model in the industry and value the process of sharing your knowledge to the "next generation" then this could be an opportunity for you to get connected.
There are various capacities to our mentoring roles; Lead Mentors, Panel Mentors or Guest Speakers.
Applications are now open for the 2019 program and we invite you to apply.
Help inspire the "next generation" and positively promote the oil and gas industry to our future workforce.
The program values the role teachers and energy professionals play in educating young people about the importance of energy in our society.
Give back to the community and positively promote the industry you work in;
Engage directly with students to inspire their career choices;
Inspire the next generation and contribute to the industry's need for ongoing education;
Support an industry education program that has been delivered for over 20 years.
There are a number of ways to be involved through sponsorship, providing industry mentors or supporting the Student Expo day by providing interactive displays.
If you think you or your organisation would like to get involved in any capacity then please contact us.
Student Expo Day - Prizes
Congratulations to Perth Modern School for winning First Place
HUET and Subsea Survival Training Experience Thanks to IFAP
A half day training experience at the IFAP training centre in Henderson for the Helicopter Underwater Escape Training and Subsea Survival (HUET).
Students were given the opportunity to develop hands-on experience training in submerged helicopter simulators, and learn essential sea survival techniques including life jacket and life raft training.
Congratulations to Dongara District High for winning Second Place
Group Day Sail Pass on board the STS Leeuwin II thanks to Leeuwin Ocean Adventures Foundation and the Petroleum Club of WA
Students enjoyed the thrills and adventure of life at sea aboard WA’s very own tall-ship, the STS Leeuwin II!
Helping the crew haul the lines, take the helm and try some climbing aloft?
Congratulations to Duncraig Senior High School for winning Third Place
Rope Access Training thanks to Vertech
Students will get an introduction to industrial rope access and Engineered decking access systems at the Vertech IRATA training School located ion Osborne Park.
The students will learn about the equipment, rescue scenarios, the Rope access level 1 syllabus and spend the afternoon climbing, abseiling and putting into practice their earlier learnings.
Invest in the Future...
This is a community engagement initiative that has been facilitated by the Petroleum Club of WA since 1991.
Each year the program is growing and the Next Generation committee have worked closely with teachers and mentors to continue to develop the program, keeping it current, interesting and adding value to the student's education by providing information on career pathways that may not be easily accessible to them.
This program relies on the participation from industry mentors and organisation sponsorship to ensure we can continue to inspire the "next generation".
We are excited to announce our 2018 program sponsors. We work with the industry’s leading organisations to deliver the Next Generation Program, providing students with up to date information on some of Australia's biggest oil and gas projects.