AFBE-UK Scotland collaborates with RGU to discuss Brexit and the Oil Economy

A group which encourages engineering as a career choice among young people is to partner with Robert Gordon University (RGU) to consider the post-Brexit future of the oil and gas sector.

Aberdeen-based AFBE-UK Scotland and RGU will collaborate to deliver a seminar giving an insight into the outlook for the North Sea industry.

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AFBE-UK Scotland is a not-for-profit organisation run by professionals who give up their free time to provide students and graduates with the tools required to be successful in engineering.

The group will hold the next in its Real Projects series of seminars on Thursday, March 30 from 6.30pm until 8pm in room N118 in the Sir Ian Wood Building at RGU’s Garthdee campus.

A keynote speech will be given by Professor Paul de Leeuw, director of RGU’s Oil and Gas Institute, highlighting what lies ahead for the UK after it leaves the European Union.

Commenting on his address, Professor de Leeuw said: “The decision to trigger Brexit will be one of the most profound moments in our recent history. The consequences of the decision and the ripple effects associated with this will be with us for many years to come. Although no one knows how this is going to play out, it is timely to reflect on the possible implications for the oil and gas industry here in the North Sea.”

Dr Ollie Folayan, chair of AFBE-UK Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to be working together with RGU to deliver this important Real Projects seminar.

“Brexit is an issue which is causing uncertainty across all business sectors in the UK, including that of North Sea oil and gas and it’s crucial that we are prepared for what the outcomes of breakaway negotiations mean for the industry.

“It’s also vital that young people are aware of what’s going on and that we provide them with all the necessary skills, knowledge and advice to ensure that they do not become discouraged from choosing a career in engineering, or in the oil and gas sector.

“We’re looking forward to hearing from Professor de Leeuw, an expert in the oil and gas industry whose knowledge will be invaluable to the students and graduates in attendance.”

AFBE-UK Scotland is the Scottish division of AFBE-UK, a registered not-for-profit organisation which encourages young people, particularly those of black and minority ethnic (BME) origin, to pursue a career in engineering.

The group runs around 20 events annually and has helped more than 500 pupils and students across its three main programmes – NextGen, Transition and Real Projects.

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