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Around 100 female school pupils from across north east Scotland gathered at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon’s College this week to hear from senior female oil and gas, and aviation industry professionals at an event to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019.
The CHC Helicopter event gave S3/S4 female pupils the opportunity to hear first-hand about the various careers on offer in traditionally male dominated industries. Female leaders from CHC Helicopter, Shell, Total, Schlumberger, NATS, Robert Gordon University, Oil and Gas UK and Step Change in Safety share career stories and experience, during a morning of ‘speed-networking’.
“Nationally, the aviation industry sees very few women coming forward to train as pilots,” said Captain Maxine Ackerley, one of CHC’s helicopter pilots who spoke at the event. “CHC employs three times the national average of female pilots and I hope events like this will help to demonstrate that there are so many different career choices available and that aviation is an exciting, diverse area in which to work.”
“Women are still in the minority in aviation,” said Marky Abbey, regional director of CHC Helicopter EMEA. “I believe that events like this can demonstrate the important role women have to play in the future of aviation and show just how accessible a career in this exciting industry can be. I’m have always believed that diversity makes better business.”
“It was great to meet so many inspirational women and girls keen to learn from each other about our industry which offers a range of rewarding careers,” said Deirdre Michie, OGUK’s chief executive. “OGUK is proud to champion industry’s efforts to improve diversity, not only on International Women’s Day but throughout the year. There are many women already leading the way and we need to continue to shine a light on these role models to harness greater diversity in the offshore oil and gas industry, as well as encouraging STEM subjects in schools.”