Nurturing the next generation of oil and gas workers
The world of oil and gas exploration, construction and operation is growing more complex each year due to new technologies such as automation, artificial intelligence and the digital oilfield. Innovations such as these mean that nurturing the next generation of workers has never been more important.
With this in mind, the Petroleum Club of WA's next-generation program aims to introduce year ten students to the oil and gas industry in a fun, interactive and educational environment.
The program seeks to showcase the diversity of career options available and provide students with information on potential pathways to achieve their desired profession.
Students receive first-hand access to information from a mentor working directly in the industry, providing an opportunity to inspire the next generation and promote the oil and gas industry to our future workforce.
Student Expo Day
In September, a group of students from each participating school came together at Curtin University to share their research presentations and to celebrate their achievements.
Presentations were entertaining and included games such as ‘who wants to be a drillionaire’ and ‘know that career’ as well as role-play movies complete with interviews from industry professionals.
Students were scored on research knowledge, presentation flow, group contribution and creativity and judges from the Petroleum Club had a tough task of identifying the winning group.
Thanks to interaction with industry mentors, the Expo Day has quickly risen to be a highlight of the school calendar and with 90 students, teachers, mentors and sponsors participating, this years edition was bigger than ever. Hands-on activities included:
- Exploration Game
- Safety PPE Dress-Up Station
- HIVE 3D simulation
- Oil Well Deposit
- 3D Goggles
- 3D Subsea Development
Despite fierce competition, Butler College presented the winning project taking home a half day helicopter underwater escape training and sea survival prize thanks to IFAP.
The program would not be as successful as it is without the hard work of the Petroleum Club’s industry mentors who volunteer their time to visit schools throughout the year and feedback that the Club receives from each school just goes to show how much students enjoy the program.
To get involved in the 2018 Next Generation program contact Club Manager, Kate McCarthy.