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.
Purpose and Goals
To introduce the "Next Generation" to the Oil & Gas industry in a fun, interactive and educational environment.
Educate students about the Oil & Gas industry and the important role energy plays in our society.
Provide information on the diverse range of careers and opportunities within the industry.
Year 8 - 10 students
The objective of the Next Generation program is to introduce year 8-10 students to the oil and gas industry in a fun, interactive and educational environment. We aim to educate students about the Oil & Gas industry and the important role energy plays in our society, and provide information on the diversity of career 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 to promote the oil and gas industry to our future workforce.
During the mentor visits, students will learn about the oil and gas industry and the mentors will conduct an interactive experiment. They will also have the opportunity to speak with a panel of mentors who will share their experience and career path into the industry.
Students are asked to produce a research deliverable on a chosen career, including roles in exploration & production; engineering; construction & maintenance; health, safety and environment; renewable and sustainable industries; and services such as legal, accounting and marketing.
Each year the program is growing and we currently aim to have over 400 students from up to 15 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.
Bringing Energy into the Classroom
We have partnered our 2016 program with the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ (SPE) Energy4me! This will provide us with access to project activities, mentor and teacher workshops, scholarship programs and classroom materials and educational tools.
The program values the role teachers and energy professionals play in educating young people about the importance of energy. Energy4me educational materials were created with teachers and education institutions and have been tested in the classroom environment across the globe. The program is designed to make an impact with website resources, teacher development, hands-on activities and speaker programs.
We believe that in order to garner the interests of students to study STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) we need to provide teachers and mentors the tools to make learning about the Oil & Gas industry fun and interactive.
Today’s students are tomorrow’s industry professionals. Our message to students everywhere: “We need your help! Come join the energy industry and help create the world’s energy solutions for today, tomorrow and the future!”
Student Expo Day
The program culminates in the final event which showcases the student’s project and provides the opportunity for students to present in front of peers, other schools, mentors and sponsors.
The expo industry supporters provide interactive displays and simulations for the students to participate in a fun and interactive environment. This is designed to generate interest and facilitate the question and answer process between students and industry representatives.
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.
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.
February - Teacher Information Session
Introduction by Guest Speaker, presentation of the 2018 program, and Q&A session.
February - Mentor Briefing and Training Session
PCWA Interviews and mentor selection and school allocations. Mentors receive training and program materials.
March - April: Mentor School Visit #1
Importance of energy, an overview of Oil & Gas, where it is found, and the impact the industry has on society.
Interactive practical group exercise conducted by Mentor.
May - June: Mentor School 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.
June - Feedback & Briefing Sundowner
Teachers, Mentors and Sponsors to provide feedback for program so far. Mentors to receive training and materials for sessions 3 & 4. Plus a Student Expo Day run down.
July: Mentor School Visit #3
Learn about the project life-cycle and introduction to the careers required to complete a project.
July - August: Mentor School Visit #4
Educate students on the various careers required to complete a project, such as Exploration, Drilling, Development, and Downstream..
Student Expo Day
Friday, 14th September 2018
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. Additional points can be gained by completing the worksheets handed out at the end of each mentor visit.
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 will be 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.
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.
Sea Survival and Skipper Training thanks to Australasian Maritime Institute
Students will undergo sea survival and boat handling training at the Australasian Maritime Institute in Henderson. Following the sea survival training, students will board a vessel in Cockburn Sound for a practical lesson on how to be a skipper.
Students will also learn about the various Maritime and Oil and Gas training courses, including an opportunity to watch the Helicopter Underwater Escape Training component of the BOSIET course.