7 November 2014
BP as the operator of Azerbaijan’s major oil and gas development and transportation projects is committed to supporting the country’s capacity-building efforts including those aimed at developing strong local expertise in the oil and gas sector. As part of this commitment, together with its co-venturers BP has supported a wide range of educational and youth development programmes, from early years learning to advanced university research. To continue these efforts, BP is supporting a new initiative aimed at promoting engineering disciplines at the school level. The initiative has brought together about 200 students from a selected group of high schools in Baku. These are high potential students from 8-10 grades, interested in technical subjects and selected through an initial application and screening process. The students are attending a series of workshops that are designed to help them select their future career routes. They provide a good opportunity for the participants to get extensive information from professional engineers about their experience and knowledge, as well as firsthand information about engineering opportunities in BP-operated projects in Azerbaijan. The workshops are led by experienced engineers from BP and volunteering members of the public union “Development of young Engineers” – GencMIIB – an organization which is implementing the project. “It is very encouraging to see so many bright high school students who are interested in engineering and are inspired to play a role in the future development of the country,” says Hikmet Mammadli, Process Safety Engineer at BP and Project Manager at the public union “Development of Young Engineers”.
“I believe this project will help us identify potential students with analytical thinking capabilities and encourage them to become engineers in the future”, comments Hikmet. The programme of the workshops includes presentations on engineering disciplines, career stories of experienced BP engineers, interactive simulation games, as well as psychological and ability tests specifically designed for the participants. Special presentations are being delivered by representatives of BP’s Human Resources department to inform the participants about BP’s educational and scholarship programmes. “This is a great initiative that has brought together key parties to promote engineering disciplines at Baku’s high schools. These are the schools themselves, BP – in which there are excellent opportunities for engineering and other related disciplines, and professional engineers who can share their knowledge and expertise. I would like to take this opportunity to thank members of GencMIIB who have volunteered to donate their efforts and time to make this initiative a real success”, says Aytan Karimova, Graduate/University Recruitment Lead at BP’s human resources department. At the end of the programme the participants will receive certificates. Prizes have also been prepared for the most successful students. The series of workshops started on 18 October and will end on 22 November 2014. The initiative is fully supported by the Ministry of Education and is implemented by GencMIIB (the public union “Development of Young Engineers”), whose membership also includes many professional engineers from BP Azerbaijan.
For information on other BP-supported educational and capacity-building initiatives please see BP Azerbaijan Business Updates on this site.