Engineering interest in a career offshore

TyneMet pupils try out the facilities at AIS Training.

TyneMet pupils try out the facilities at AIS Training.

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Engineering students have been given a chance to see how slick a potential career at sea could be.

Pupils were given the chance to experience simulated offshore work environments at North Shields-based AIS Training.

Students participated in practical workshops that included rope access, survival rescue and a helicopter underwater escape training.

TyneMet pastoral tutor Lyndsey Moy said: “Many of the young people I speak to are very keen to pursue a career in the oil and gas sector but are often unaware of the skills needed so to be able to experience simulated scenarios is not only fascinating but offers indispensable experience.”

Jordan Haggerston, 19, said: “I enjoyed all aspects of the training, particularly getting dunked in a helicopter as this was fun to do and gave me an example of what to expect in real life.”

Nathan Knight, 16, added: “I really enjoyed the practical activities. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do as a career, but now I know that working offshore is something I would definitely consider and it is something I’m massively interested in.”

Charlie Guthrie, AIS Training marketing manager said: “We are delighted with the response and interest from the future skills for students taster event.”

For more information on Engineering courses at TyneMet visit www.tynemet.ac.uk/engineering