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Shell - Shell Engineering Scheme (NESCol)

Case study

“The Shell Engineering Scheme gives candidates a fantastic blend of skills and knowledge from which to start a career in Engineering. Few programmes offer the breadth and depth of subject matter over only a 2 year delivery and this opens up a wide range of career prospects across a number of industries or Higher Education.”

Organisation: Shell

Sector: Energy/Engineering

Location: Scotland

Scheme title: Shell Engineering Scheme (NESCol)

Duration: 2 years

Age groups involved: 16+.

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 scheme/s do you offer?

The Shell Engineering Scheme is a prestigious Fastrack course, designed by Shell in conjunction with NESCol, to meet the up and coming needs of the energy industry. There are up to 14 places available.

NESCol has excellent formal articulation links with Robert Gordon University (RGU), the University of Aberdeen and many universities around Scotland, as well as the Open University. The College has a unique partnership agreement with RGU called Degree Link which allows students who complete their HN level qualifications on the Shell Engineering Scheme to go straight into year 2 of selected engineering degrees. 

What does the scheme include?

Students who are accepted onto the SES will study 4 full-time qualifications over two years:

  • Performing Engineering Operations Level 2
  • National Certificate Engineering Systems Level 6
  • HNC Electrical Engineering
  • HNC Measurement & Control

Students who successfully complete this programme are well placed to enter employment or to progress into university. 

How do students benefit?

  • The course is designed by industry for industry and with 14 places available annually
  • There are 4 work placements at St Fergus gas terminal during the 2 year programme
  • Students will attend college 5 days a week to study the PEO, NC and 2 Higher National qualifications
  • Full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided
  • Students will receive a training and attendance allowance
  • Successful completion can contribute significantly towards a Modern Apprenticeship qualification. 

How does the organisation benefit?

Shell offers attractive career opportunities for candidates who successfully complete the Engineering Scheme. 

Shell are actively involved in programme design and ensure that the skills and knowledge delivered through the programme is relevant and up to date within industry.

While candidates benefit from real work placements within the St Fergus gas plant, Shell (and its partners) mentor the candidates and monitor progress with a view to offering full time positions once College training is complete.

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