TAQA in the UK recently hosted two teams from local schools, Hazlehead Academy and the International School Aberdeen, taking part in the Engineering Development Trust’s 10-week Go4Set programme. TAQA sponsored the schools to take part in this initiative which encourages second year pupils to take science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects and highlights the career opportunities they offer.
The 12 youngsters are working with a mentor from TAQA (Brent system manager, Alastair Maclean is mentoring the Hazlehead team and project engineer, Ewan Wright, the team from the International School) on a chosen project and part of the programme involves visiting the business to build their knowledge. During the visit, the pupils learned about TAQA, oil and gas operations, engineers Lauren Crane and Stephanie Cooper also gave them an insight into their career paths, finishing with a fun ‘crane’ game involving lifting various loads.
Andy Field, assistant principle at the International School said, “All of the students had a wonderful experience at TAQA and learned a great deal. The visit was carefully planned and exposed students to many different aspects of working in the oil and gas industry. Having female engineers come to speak was an added bonus and left female students feeling inspired. We could not have requested a better team/company to be our mentors in Go4Set. We appreciate the efforts that so many people have made at TAQA to give teenage students a meaningful and powerful learning experience.”
Technical teacher at Hazlehead Academy, Brian Docherty said, “Thank you on behalf of Hazlehead Academy for having us and more importantly giving the pupils a memorable experience. I already have some of the girls looking into careers in engineering as well as this the experience has given them a new energy and more drive to complete the Go4SET project to a high standard.”
The pupils have a few weeks left to complete their project, which culminates in a Celebration and Assessment (CAD) day at Aberdeen University where the projects will be judged along with schools from across the area. Winners from this area can then go on to compete in a national competition.