OGTC goes global with online ‘Inspire20’ programme

• OGTC launches online programme of inspiring and educational career talks aimed at young people
• Webinars to showcase the diverse and exciting job roles available in the energy sector
• Why? Series curated to give those who cannot gain work experience or internships
• First session sees young people tune in from across the globe

The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) was unable to host internships and provide work experience this summer due to the COVID19 pandemic. In light of this, the Aberdeen-based technology and research organisation has launched an educational online programme aimed at young people aged 16-24.

The OGTC moved its successful Friday Tech20 to a virtual programme earlier this year. Using this as the foundation, they have now launched “Inspire20” which aims to support a sustainable talent pipeline for the energy sector.

The series of 20-minute online webinars will consist of masterclasses on career/skills development, as well as career inspiration talks by the OGTC staff themselves, showcasing the variety of exciting job roles available in the energy sector. There will be a question and answer session following the talk, giving those tuning in the opportunity to engage with the wider audience and speakers.

The OGTC have partnered with several organisations, with the programme being championed by the likes of Skills Development Scotland, Career Ready, Developing Young Work Force and Opito. The virtual series has also received support from Robert Gordon University, the University of Aberdeen, North East Scotland College and many of the region’s schools

Kickstarting with a masterclass on the Energy Transition, the first of 14 webinars in the series, 95 young people tuned in from 15 countries worldwide. This included Spain, France, Italy, Dubai, Indonesia, Mexico and Canada.

The second masterclass in the series, taking place Wednesday 10 June, 11:00-11:45 GMT, will be hosted by Skills Development Scotland, exploring ‘the importance of meta skills in the 21st century’.

Margaret Arrieta Rosado, Careers Adviser and Work Coach from Skills Development Scotland, said:

“Our session is aimed at giving people an insight into meta skills, how to improve them and how to prepare for the future. Our expert advisers support people in making positive career decisions and a big part of that is being aware of the skills they have and the ones they can develop to achieve their goals.

“In the current climate, it’s vital that people can access support to adapt to rapid changes in their own circumstances and the world of work as a whole, which is why events such as Inspire20 are especially important.”

Colette Cohen, CEO of the OGTC, said:

“This programme is all about young people. Maybe oil and gas or energy hasn’t been on their radar, but we want to illustrate the importance of this industry and how it’s a key contributor to our society.

“Now, more than ever, we need smart, creative and curious young people to join us as our industry progresses on the road to a net zero future, allowing us to bring about energy in a clean, carbon-free way.”

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