Energy initiative gives kids access to e-learning

25 Jan 2013

by: Margaret Snell

A cross-industry education initiative designed to give school pupils a clear path into careers in the energy sector is giving children access to learning technologies used in industry.

The Your Future In Energy scheme has kicked off with a pilot in Aberdeen’s Northfield Academy. The programme, which has been integrated into the school curriculum, aims to highlight the diversity of careers within the energy sector and the different routes into them. 

Atlas, the learning and skills provider to the energy industry, is playing a key role in the project by giving children access to the Atlas Knowledge Centre, a cloud based oil and gas learning resource. Pupils can use it to build their own personalised content library for use throughout their education, supporting their future career choices and transition to the workplace. 

Tom Clark, managing director of Your Future In Energy said: “This is the first time experts spanning the education sector, energy industry and training bodies have come together to map where the skills shortages lie, which competencies are needed to fulfil these roles, and in turn which school subjects will steer pupils towards achieving these. This programme provides a streamlined, cross-industry approach to securing the future talent that the energy sector so desperately needs.”

John Rowley, chief executive of Atlas, said: “Learning technologies play an important part in education today, both at school and in the workplace. Young people are digital natives, at ease learning online and in their own time, it is what they have grown up with and it will continue to be an essential part of their working life. The Atlas Knowledge Centre is already benefiting people in the oil and gas workplace, where access to the right technical knowledge, at the point of need is critical to today’s employees, and we hope it proves a useful learning resource for the pupils.”

Following the pilot, the programme will be reviewed with the intention of rolling it out across the North East, Scotland and beyond.