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Bibby Offshore Joins Schools Career Industry Partnership

19 September 2011

Subsea UK News reports that Bibby Offshore, a provider of subsea construction, inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) and offshore management services, has recently become a member of Schools Career Industry Partnership (SCIP).

SCIPís programme is aimed at helping 4th-6th year pupils throughout the North East of Scotland who are transitioning directly into work after leaving school.

The programme is designed to bridge the skills gap and give pupils a clearer understanding of what employers require from them and also how to be prepared for an interview.

It focuses on building self-confidence, understanding their own strengths and areas they can improve on, how they think and communicate with others and how to maximise these skills in an interview situation. They build a professional and effective CV throughout the day with input from business professionals; experience a one-to-one interview situation with honest, constructive feedback. Finally, they learn what is involved in an Assessment Centre and take part in a group exercise.

Bibby Offshore have been working closely with several Academy schools in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, this involvement led to Bibby inviting three pupils from Bridge of Don Academy for work experience during the summer holidays.

The pupils worked in different departments throughout the company, gaining further knowledge on the oil and gas industry as well as giving them the chance to experience working life. On the last day they gave a short presentation to members of the management team about their time working at Bibby Offshore. They were also taken on board Bibby Sapphire and shown around the state of the art diving support vessel.

Andrew Duncan, Business and Commercial Director for Bibby Offshore, has been greatly involved in the programme and has attended many of the participating schools, has commented: "These sessions have been a tremendous experience, not just for the pupils but for all of us at Bibby Offshore. We hope that this initiative has helped provide the children with a positive insight into our business and the industry as a whole."

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