WISE played a big part in promoting oil and gas careers to women and girls at the Offshore Europe 2013 conference held in Aberdeen last week.
8 September 2013
WISE patron HRH The Princess Royal drew a parallel with debates about women in the Royal Navy, saying that in the end, the practical issues are not that difficult to address. She urged parents to "lift their eyes from the old pages which say that maths and science are for boys". She also stressed the importance of role models who can help people to understand the variety of careers available - saying she wished role models had come to her school when she was a girl.
WISE would like to mention role models from Atkins, Shell, Schlumberger, BP, Halliburton, Edinburgh Napier University, Transocean, Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Aberdeen branch of the Institution of Civil Engineers amongst others, who we would like to thank for supporting our presence at the exhibition. Thanks also go to everyone who helped to bring the WISE stand to life including the Scottish Resource Centre, KCA Deutag, Reed Exhibitions and Xtreme who created the stand.
"I wanted to thank Helen and WISE for the fantastic opportunity to meet HRH The Princess Royal, it was a real honour. I found her hugely engaging with a genuine interest in the issues surrounding women working in a male dominated environment and how as an industry we can continue to encourage girls and women to see a future for themselves in the Energy sector." Susan Cushnaghan, Senior Materials Corrosion Engineer, Shell UK.
Karen Husband, from WISE corporate member Atkins Global, spoke to BBC radio Scotland and STV about inspiring girls to go into engineering and the piece was covered in Aberdeen Press and Journal.