Sixth Form Career day – #notjustforboys
As part of National Careers week, on 3rd March, East Norfolk Sixth Form College and Women in Energy (WEN UK) joined forces to organise the first ‘Introduction to the Energy Industry for young women’.
12 local students attended the day, where they visited local energy companies including AID Industrial, Fugro Alluvial, Gardline Geosurvey, 3Sun and Seajacks with the support of Dexters recruitment, Opito and the Sixth Form.
WEN team members, toured with the girls who met a number of successful (female) professionals working in the industry. Beth Roestenburg Vice Chair for WEN said “this event not only gave the young ladies valuable exposure to the local energy industry, but provided a fantastic networking opportunity, demonstrated progression routes and provided tips in order to facilitate successful and long-lasting careers within a currently male-dominated and challenging industry”.
The day was a great success, with the feedback from students showing that the energy sector is a great opportunity for females: “there are many more jobs in the energy industry than first expected. You don’t have to just be interested in science or engineering to make it successful”.
Working offshore and especially on vessels and jack ups is perceived to be ‘for the boys’. Seajacks successfully quashed the myth, with one student saying “Don’t ever let your gender put you off going for a job- if you would like to work offshore, companies such as Sea Jacks are very good at accommodating females”. This is a great message for all young females thinking about future courses to choose and their local career opportunities.
The development of local talent and the local industry for the future, are crucial now more than ever with the current oil prices. One student’s feedback was “there is an extremely wide range of careers within the energy sector both offshore, in workshops/labs as well as office based jobs. You can find a career in this industry with a range of degrees or you can work your way up without a degree- there are lots of apprenticeship schemes/ work placements which these companies offer”.
Kim Dexter, local recruitment Director said “the day proved a great success and the collaboration between Women in Energy, East Norfolk Sixth form and the supporting organisations, really proved that perceptions need to be, and can be changed, after all energy is #NotJustForBoys”!
Women in Energy will be running more of these events. If you would like to be involved and support, or in deed are at school or college and would like to attend, please contact us through www.wenuk.com or tweet us @womeninenergyuk
We would like to thank the local industry for their ongoing support.