BP promotes engineering at high schools

22 November 2014

BP is supporting a new initiative aimed at promoting engineering disciplines at high schools.
The initiative brought together about 200 students from a selected group of high schools in Baku. These were high potential students from 8-10 grades, interested in technical subjects and selected through an initial application and screening process.

The initiative was fully supported by the Ministry of Education and was implemented by GencMIIB (the public union “Development of Young Engineers”), whose membership also includes many professional engineers from BP Azerbaijan.

As part of the initiative a series of workshops were held to help the students select their future career routes. The programme of the workshops presented 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 series of workshops started on 18 October and ended on 22 November 2014. The workshops were led by experienced engineers from BP and volunteering members of GencMIIB who donated their own time and efforts to make the project  a success. 

Hikmet Mammadli, Process Safety Engineer at BP and Project Manager at GencMIIB, said: “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.
 
“I believe this project will help us identify potential students with analytical thinking capabilities and encourage them to become engineers in the future”, commented Hikmet.

The programme of the workshops included 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 were 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 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 volunteered to donate so much effort and time to make this initiative a real achievement”, said Aytan Karimova, Graduate/University Recruitment Lead at BP’s human resources department.

At the end of the programme all participants received certificates. Prizes were also presented to the most successful students.

Notes to Editors:

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 BP supports a wide range of  educational and youth development programmes, from early years learning to advanced university research. 

Some examples of such initiatives are:
  • BP’s bursary awards programme which was launched in 2007 as part of the company’s educational support commitment. The programme is aimed at supporting the best students specializing in petro-technical disciplines. Overall to date BP has presented its bursary awards to about 400 top students.
  • BP’s business lectures at Baku Higher Oil School, which are designed to support national petroleum engineers development in Azerbaijan.
  • BP's support for the Baku-based Qafqaz University to broaden its scope to cover undergraduate education in three engineering disciplines, including chemical, mechanical and civil engineering. As part of this project the chemical engineering department was established in 2009 and in 2011, BP opened five fully equipped modern laboratories for this department. In 2011, the mechanical engineering department was opened at the university and in December 2013, BP presented eleven world-class laboratories to this department.
  • BP’s partnership with the Baku European Games Organising Committee (BEGOC) which includes exclusive official partnership with the innovative Games Academy Graduate Excellence Programme. The programme focuses on university graduates, helping them achieve excellence in their future exciting roles as part of the Games.