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OPITO Education Support Programmes

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OPITO Energy Industry Education Projects

OPITO is a highly respected global organisation representing the oil & gas industry and wider energy sector. Beacon East has worked in partnership with OPITO on a variety of exciting east region projects during the last 8 years. Beacon East currently delivers two OPITO funded education projects outlined below. All project delivery is free to schools & colleges.

OPITO Student Support Programme:

The energy industry awareness sessions open to secondary schools and colleges across Norfolk, Suffolk & Essex. The sessions have been introduced to help enhance careers advice in this key sector. Student sessions have been designed to inspire young people and highlight the vast range of opportunities in energy. It also aims to support the curriculum and dispel industry myths e.g. the industry is based offshore when only approximately 6% of oil and gas employees work offshore! With particular reference to supporting the 14-19 curriculum and careers, Beacon East can provide your institution with a trained industry adviser to deliver sessions on the energy industry from a flexible toolkit of presentations and activities. A session could include: 

  • Targeted group sessions on career opportunities in the energy industry
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) curriculum activities
  • Kinex STEM challenge events
  • Parent or governor forums
  • Employability sessions
  • Assemblies
  • Careers events
  • Industry days

OPITO 'Pipeline of Information' CPD programmes for teachers and careers advisers:

This highly innovative professional development project has provided countless opportunities for teachers and advisers to spend quality time with companies in the energy sector both 'up-stream' and 'down-stream'. This has proved to be invaluable in terms of supporting schools with curriculum resources, case studies and information on careers. Numerous companies have kindly supporting this CPD programme over the years, including Perenco, npower, Shell, NHV Helicopters, Petans, Seajacks, Pharos Marine, Proserv, Gardline, Proeon Systems...

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Benefits of OPITO projects

  • Raise awareness of wide range of opportunities availabe to young people in the energy industry.
  • Promote latest apprenticehsip, training and HE opportunities in the energy industry.
  • Support CPD of STEM teachers & careers advisers.
  • Develop meaningful links with companies from the energy industry.
  • Support WRL & Enterprise Education in schools.
  • Support Gatsby Framework for outstanding careers in schools.
  • Support the professional development of employees of companies who choose support OPITO programmes.
  • Support the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) of companies who choose support OPITO programmes.
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What people are saying

“The Careers Inspiration event at Britvic was a great day for our sixth form students, with a good balance of careers info and hands on STEM examples from the workplace, just what we needed. Student feedback was extremely positive. Thank you!”


"Our excellent partnership with Beacon East has been instrumental in the successful delivery of our Careers Inspiration contract with the National Careers Service. Beacon East employ innovative thinking and high quality  business relationship management that ensures sustainability and impact for young people and schools.”


“Spending quality time with companies like Gardline has been inspirational and allowed me to plan some student activities and visits. Thank you again for providing this great opportunity.”


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