Oasis Academy gets behind the scenes at the Port of Southampton

July 27, 2018

A group of year 10 school students from Oasis Academy in Mayfield were invited to the Port of Southampton to get a behind-the-scenes insight into future career possibilities and to learn about how the port operates day-to-day.

Leading the tour were project engineers from ABP Southampton, Gideon Aymes and Connor Smith. In addition to working for ABP, Connor also volunteers as an enterprise advisor for the Careers and Enterprise Company, an organisation connecting schools and colleges with employers, to create opportunities for young people.

The group of 18 students were shown a variety of port activities including container operations, as well as visiting a cruise ship and an automotive vessel, in a bid to boost interest in engineering as the Institute of Civil Engineering celebrates its 200 years.

Connor said: “It was a pleasure to show these young people the port and give them a glimpse of the sorts of careers that could result from having an interest in the STEM subjects.”

ABP Southampton Port Director, Alastair Welch, said: “We’re really passionate about supporting young people to find their chosen career. These school students could be our employees of the future and by encouraging interests in STEM subjects and particularly engineering we hope to inspire the next generation.”

Jan Rance, Careers Advisor at Oasis Academy, said: “It was a truly inspiring visit to the port and the students all really enjoyed it. Seeing things first hand is so important in helping people to choose what they want to do later in life and shows them that their ambitions can be achieved.”

ABP Southampton has been working with the Careers and Enterprise Company and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership for more than two years, through the Enterprise Adviser Network and welcomes organised school visits to the port to show young people how engineering skills can be applied across many of the port operations.