engaging the next generation
Chevron Upstream Europe (CUE) engages with the next generation through a number of avenues. By working with our partners, we focus much of our social investment programme in education by getting students excited about the key subjects of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Through our involvement in TechFest-SetPoint’s Maths in the Pipeline, STEM in the Pipeline, Maths Master Classes and the Early Years Programme, alongside our support for The Scottish Council for Development and Industry’s (SCDI) Young Engineers Program, we aim to encourage students to pursue STEM courses and, ultimately, STEM careers. In addition, CUE’s University Partnership Programme with the University of Aberdeen and Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, provides scholarships, grants and departmental contributions to further support the development of tomorrow's energy workforce.
“We also recognise the importance of undergraduate internships and young student work placements. They are a great way of allowing students to gain real exposure to the oil and gas industry, as they provide a practical way of learning about the industry and encourage students to develop their skills in preparation for their future university studies and the working world,” said Andy Mayeux, CUE’s Drilling and Completions manager.
In support of this, last month CUE welcomed five young students from local schools to its Aberdeen headquarters for a week of practical industry experience and exposure to the day-to-day business of oil and gas exploration and production. Their main interest was engineering, so the business unit organised a programme to give the students’ exposure to an array of engineering disciplines to arm them with the information to make educated choices when choosing their career paths.
At the end of the week all the students gave presentations on what they had learned, what interested them, and what careers they saw themselves pursuing in the future.
“The week at Chevron really helped me decide what I want to aim for and that’s an engineering degree, it opens the door to so many career options. Having spent time with various employees learning all about their job functions, it really sparked my interest in subsea engineering,” said one of the students. Another added: “Being exposed to the real business environment was a brilliant experience. I enjoyed being part of a team, learning about all of the business elements and the problem solving that goes in to moving projects forward. I’m confident I want to pursue a degree linked to the industry, possibly Chemical Engineering at Strathclyde or Heriot-Watt. Maybe I’ll get the opportunity to return as an undergraduate intern.”
further down the pipeline
The business unit also recently engaged with a number of younger students, from primary and secondary schools across Scotland, at the SCDI annual Young Engineers Celebration in Glasgow.