National Oil & Gas Skills Week spotlight: Petrofac

To mark National Oil and Gas Skills Week 2014, we highlight one of our key partners in this field, Petrofac, who provide mentoring and internships to students across Aberdeen and North East Scotland, particularly to Kincorth Academy, with whom they have been engaged for 16 years.

In 2014, eight students from the North East of Scotland completed a five-week summer internship at Petrofac’s offices in Aberdeen. The students were placed in several different departments, including HR, finance, communications and supply chain, demonstrating what a huge variety of careers the industry has to offer them.

Joanne Nazareno, who joined Petrofac’s Offshore Projects and Operations communications team for five weeks, said of her placement: “I’m particularly interested in a career that involves writing so it was great to have the chance to contribute articles for Petrofac’s internal newsletter, ‘This Is OPO’ which is circulated to thousands of employees around the world.

“It was definitely one of the best opportunities I have had and I am grateful to both Petrofac and Career Ready for presenting the opportunity. My confidence, in terms of both my work and communicating within a work environment, has grown a significant amount thanks to the internship and those that I was working with.” 

In addition to a placement, students are mentored by Petrofac graduates throughout the Career Ready programme. The mentoring aims to motivate the students and boost their confidence, focusing on selection of school subjects, time management, study skills, career paths, writing CVs and interview and presentation skills.

Petrofac’s 16 mentors support students from across Aberdeen City and Shire – the highest level of participation in North East Scotland as Career Ready prepares to double its current intake of students for the next phase, 2015-2017.

Charlie Denham, Contracts Engineer for Petrofac’s Offshore Projects and Operations and Joanne’s mentor, said: “Having worked with Kincorth Academy for a considerable amount of time, our work with Career Ready is a key part of our commitment to the younger generation. We’ve created a long-lasting link with these students and we hope to see them again, perhaps as apprentices, trainees or after they have completed their studies.

“We are delighted to have a further eight mentors lined up for the next cohort of students with the aim that this will grow into a long-term development programme. I am certainly enjoying developing my mentoring skills so there are many benefits for everyone involved.”

Isobel Maughan, Regional Manager for Career Ready, said: “We are incredibly grateful for the fantastic support of Petrofac and its employees, who contribute their time, skills and enthusiasm to make a real difference to the lives of our students. 

“It is so important that young people are given the opportunity to gain experience in a real workplace and the Career Ready programme helps them to develop the skills they will need as the future workforce of the Oil and Gas industry.  As Joanne’s experience shows, students also gain a much better understanding of just how many roles are available in a company like Petrofac.”