A guest invitation to SPE Offshore Europe 2023 enhanced and enriched Lochside Academy pupils' STEM learning.
A small group of senior pupils from Lochside Academy attended SPE Offshore Europe 2023 as invited guests of bp Aberdeen Hydrogen Energy Ltd (bpAHEL). During their visit, the pupils experienced a major international exhibition and participated in various activities, including a 'show and tell' with the Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub project team and the opportunity to use equipment from a working example of an electrical recharging station. They also visited the Energy Transition Zone theatre, where they heard a green hydrogen project panel discussion and presentations from industry professionals, including Oliver Taylor, CEO of bpAHEL.
The pupils gained an insight into the growing impact of renewable energy and the increase in electrification, wind and solar power - and an understanding of how this will translate into a magnitude of future career opportunities.
The opportunity to engage with industry professionals directly - and to feedback their highlights as a group over lunch - allowed the young people to develop their communication and networking skills.
“This was a brilliant opportunity that the pupils thoroughly enjoyed. There was a big increase in interest from the students in applying for jobs/apprenticeships with bp and they all expressed that the day provided much more than they thought it would."
Senior Additional Support for Learning (ASL) pupils from Mackie Academy experienced a real-life workplace - and the diverse range of roles within it - courtesy of a visit to their local Asda store.
A tour of Brewdog provided Harlaw Academy senior pupils with an insight into lab-based job roles within the workplace.
A tour of the Aberdeen Altens Hotel gave senior phase pupils from Lochside Academy experience of a working commercial kitchen.