AFBE-UK Scotland programmes to inspire tomorrow’s engineers

The Scottish chapter of a not-for-profit organisation is to hold a series of events throughout the year aimed at giving young people an insight into working in the engineering industry.

Aberdeen-based AFBE-UK Scotland will host its first Transition programme of 2017 on Saturday, February 18 in the Taylor Building (A21) at the University of Aberdeen.

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Transition, the group’s flagship initiative, provides engineering students with tips and advice on securing their first industry job.

AFBE-UK Scotland is partnering with the University of Aberdeen’s Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter to run the event which provides attendees with mock interview sessions, CV reviews and other career workshops.

Danny Kearns, a senior project manager at an engineering consultancy and graduate from London South Bank University, will give a keynote speech highlighting his own transition from student to industry professional.

Since completing his mechanical engineering degree, Mr Kearns has managed the delivery onshore and offshore projects for major global operators.

Later in the month, AFBE-UK Scotland will hold its first Real Projects event of the year on Thursday, February 23 at the New Kings Building (NK14) at the University of Aberdeen from 6pm until 8.30pm.

The seminar will put the spotlight on fire safety and explosion hazards on oil and gas installations.

Kasi Usani, a chartered Safety & Risk engineer with several years’ experience working on oil & gas projects in the UK, the Middle East and in South America, will discuss means of assessment and mitigation of fire and explosions on offshore platforms.

Ollie Folayan, chair of AFBE-UK Scotland said, “We’re delighted to be resuming our Transition and Real Projects programmes. We had great attendances at these events last year and we hope that they can be as successful in 2017.

“We have a range of subject areas lined up this year as part of the Real Project series giving students the chance to broaden their overall knowledge of our profession, while with Transition we are delighted to be partnering with an important engineering student organisation like SPE University of Aberdeen Student Chapter.

“Both of these initiatives are crucial as they allow students to learn about developing issues in engineering and improve their understanding of the recruitment process as well as having the opportunity to add engineering professionals to their network of contacts – something which is invaluable.”

Real Projects will run throughout 2017 during university term times with seminars due to cover topics including; project management, technical safety, UK offshore wind energy, commercial aspects of engineering and portfolio building. Transition is typically held twice per year.

AFBE-UK Scotland is run by like-minded engineering professionals who give up their spare time to share their working experiences with young people and students across Aberdeen.

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 – since its launch in 2011.

All AFBE-UK Scotland events are free to attend but registration is required. For further information or to register for an event, please visit

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