An insight into work in the offshore sector

Youngsters learn how to escape from a smoke-filled room at AIS's state-of-the-art survival centre.
Youngsters learn how to escape from a smoke-filled room at AIS's state-of-the-art survival centre.

Dozens of youngsters got a taste of what it might be like to work in the global energy sector.

North Shields-based AIS Training invited 65 young people aged 15 to 18 from schools including Monkseaton High, Norham High and Burnside Business and Enterprise College to their state-of-the-art training village.

I started out as an apprentice myself and believe passionately in creating a supportive business environment where young talent can thrive.

AIS founder Paul Stonebanks

As well as learning engineering skills such as bolt torque tensioning, the youngsters tried out a number of survival skills including escaping from a smoke filled room, jumping from a mock oil rig, putting out a fire and surviving at sea.

Monkseaton High teacher Peter Hall said: “The students thoroughly enjoyed their experience at AIS. Events like this are a great way of enthusing and motivating youngsters for the world of work.”

AIS founder Paul Stonebanks said: “We really wanted to mark national apprenticeship week by hosting an inspirational event for young people.”

“I started out as an apprentice myself and believe passionately in creating a supportive business environment where young talent can thrive.

“As well as enabling companies to grow in a cost effective way, a good apprenticeship programme can have a huge impact on the lives of those individuals taking part by providing them with a rewarding career and clear progression routes.

“As a professional training provider to the offshore, maritime, wind and heavy industry sectors, we develop skills and bring out the best in people as part of our day job.

“But we also practice what we preach and invest heavily in our staff. That’s why it’s great to have our commitment to apprenticeships recognised with this new quality standard.”

To find out more about AIS please contact 0844 800 1810 or visit www.aisgroup.co.uk