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: Learn about the project life-cycle and introduction to the careers required to complete a project.
Visit 3: 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 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 now have over 550 students from 18 schools participating annually. We have revised the program to be ‑flexible to suit each school’s individual needs. The Next Generation committee has 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.
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The program culminates in the Student Expo Day, held at Edith Cowan University. This is a great day out on campus, giving students the chance 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 rotate between the exhibitions and generate points through the industry-related activities. The group who accumulates the most points throughout the day wins.
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.
We are now finalising our activities for the expo day and are seeking program supporters who can assist with interactive displays, allowing students to learn about the different jobs and activities within the industry.
1st Place - HUET and Subsea Survival thanks to IFAP
A half-day training experience at the IFAP Training Centre in Henderson.
Students are given the opportunity to develop hands-on experience training in submerged helicopter simulators and learn the essential sea survival techniques including life jacket and life raft training.
Congratulations to Sacred Heart College for taking out First Place.
3rd Place - Rope Access Training thanks to Vertech
Vertech has a world-class IRATA training facility located in Osborne Park.
Students will spend the afternoon learning about the equipment, practice climbing and abseiling and simulate rescue scenarios on an industrial rope and engineered decking access systems.
Congratulations to Duncraig Senior High School for taking out Third Place.
2nd Place - Sail on the STS Leeuwin II thanks to Elect
A unique adventure on board the STS Leeuwin II located in Fremantle.
Students will learn how to communicate effectively and work together to help sail a traditional tall ship, as well as have the opportunity to join in several hands-on activities; such as hauling the lines, taking the helm or climbing the bowsprit. No sailing experience required.
Congratulations to Churchlands Senior High School for taking out Second Place.
4th Place - Navigate an LNG Tanker thanks to Shell
Shell is giving the opportunity for students to navigate an LNG Tanker on a full mission bridge simulator.
Students will command the vessel, operate the navigation equipment including radars, electronic charts etc. As well as execute emergency functions, such as responding to a man overboard.
Congratulations to Byford Secondary College for taking out Fourth Place.
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 has 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 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. We'd like to thank our program sponsors, for allowing us to develop the program and educate students across WA.
We are now calling for 2020 sponsors. If you would like to support the program that supports our industry and the next generation, please contact us today.