Introduction to the company
Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies.
Our operations are divided into four businesses: Upstream, Integrated Gas and New Energies, Downstream, and Projects & Technology.
In Upstream we focus on exploration for new liquids and natural gas reserves and on developing major new projects where our technology and know-how add value for resource holders.
In Integrated Gas and New Energies, we focus on liquefying natural gas (LNG) and converting gas to liquids (GTL) so that it can be safely stored and shipped to markets around the world. The New Energies business has been established to explore and invest in new low-carbon opportunities.
In Downstream, we focus on turning crude oil into a range of refined products, which are moved and marketed around the world for domestic, industrial and transport use. In addition, we produce and sell petrochemicals for industrial use worldwide. Shell’s oil sands mining activities in North America are also part of the Downstream organisation.
Our Projects & Technology business is responsible for delivering new development projects and the research and development that leads to innovative and low-cost investments for the future.
What is the aim of the scheme?
The Girls in Energy programme is a one-year course that is designed to open young women’s eyes to the energy industry’s wealth of career opportunities.
Prior to starting the programme many students thought that a job in the energy industry meant working on a platform in the middle of the North Sea. The course helps students to rethink these preconceptions and show them the huge range of different careers available both offshore and onshore all over the world.
Since its launch, the number of pupils involved in the Shell-sponsored programme has expanded to reach over 100 young women each year, with further expansion plans in progress.
How do students benefit?
Delivered in partnership by North East Scotland College, the programme offers weekly lessons, workshops and field visits to young women aged 14–18 in secondary education.
Each year the students are given the opportunity to undergo an interview and selection process to secure one of up to 20 places on a two-week industry experience placement that Shell offers at its offices in Aberdeen. The students get to meet over one hundred people from the oil and gas sector, where they can hear first-hand about the various roles and challenges in support of Shell’s exploration, development and production activities.
How does the organisation benefit?
The main objective of this Shell Girls in Energy programme is to help address the gender imbalance which exists in the energy industry and to ensure that it can attract the very best talent to support and secure its future operations. The programme is one of a number of initiatives which Shell sponsors to introduce young people to the wide range of opportunities which exist in the energy and engineering sectors.