School students learn the skills of an ROV pilot

ROVOP welcomed eight aspiring students to take part in its 2016 work experience programme.

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The S4 to S6 pupils, from various schools across Aberdeen, learned the ropes at ROVOP’s headquarters in Westhill.

The students spent time understanding company activities including operations, health and safety, finance and commercial.  They also had the opportunity to try out the state-of-the art ROV simulator, which is one of only two of its kind in Europe, to step into the shoes of an ROV pilot. 

The experience also included a trip to offshore survival training company, Petrofac, where they were given a tour of the training centre and a taster of some of the safety courses essential for going offshore.

Chief executive of ROVOP, Steven Gray, said: “It is more important now than ever that the subsea industry continues to invest in future talent.  The aim of our programme is to show students the rewarding careers available within the subsea sector, both on and offshore.

“The highlight for all the students is undoubtedly our ROV training simulator. The training exercises are built on real-life scenarios with 3D visuals and virtual environmental conditions which means the students get the chance to experience the challenges our ROV pilots face frequently.

“As an industry, we need to take proactive steps to supply the talent pipeline and show young people the exciting opportunities available.  In future, with a maturing basin in the North Sea, Aberdeen will rely more than ever on being a bub for talent.

ROVOP prides itself in supplying the most advanced equipment and highly experienced personnel to clients around the world.

Fraser Pratt is a 6th year student at Cults Academy and said he aspires to become an ROV pilot after his experience at ROVOP.  He said: “I’ve really been enjoying the hands-on elements of the week.  ROVOP has a six metre deep test tank and we got the chance to fly one of the electric ROV vehicles in it.  I also enjoyed trying out the simulator and the visit to Petrofac.  The whole experience has been really interesting.