A not-for-profit organisation which aims to encourage engineering as a career choice among young people has partnered with a London university to run an employability event.

AFBE-UK and its Scottish chapter AFBE-UK Scotland teamed up with London South Bank University to run its Transition programme, an initiative created in Aberdeen designed to help engineering students and graduates into the world of work.

The two-day event allowed students from the university’s school of engineering to gain industry tips and advice from members of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), AFBE-UK members, and other delegates including Myrtle Dawes (Director of Projects, Centrica).

On opening day of the programme the students and graduates took part in employability seminars. The session, which was led by AFBE-UK Scotland’s Dr Philip Enegela, involved taking part in mock interviews and an assessment centre aimed at improving the skills required to secure employment.

AFBE-UK members and representatives from leading multinational technology and consulting corporations also provided thorough CV reviews, ensuring each student is equipped with the tools necessary to complete the job search process.

Day two of the event saw industry professionals form a six-member panel, with each member giving a presentation to students on how they would resolve a particular challenge that may occur within their line of work.

The panel included AFBE-UK Scotland’s Dr Ollie Folayan, Professor David Mba, dean of engineering at London South Bank University, and Myrtle Dawes, director of projects at Centrica.

Professor David Phoenix, vice chancellor of London South Bank University, attended the event and said: ‘Universities have a moral and social obligation to support graduates into employment and to help them reach their potential so they can make a full contribution to society based on ability not background or ethnicity.

‘Events such as these help form peer to peer support networks and provide role models who can be so important in helping people achieve their ambitions and I am pleased to support AFBE in whatever way I can.’

Dr Ollie Folayan, chair of AFBE-UK Scotland, said: ‘It was fantastic to join up with Dr Nike Folayan and our AFBE-UK colleagues in London to help run the Transition event.

‘The programme was very well received by all the students and professionals involved, and I’m particularly proud that an initiative we created in Aberdeen has been replicated at such a prestigious university.’

The transition event came to a close with a networking reception where the students, graduates and industry professionals in attendance could speak more informally and exchange details and advice.

AFBE-UK aims to promote engineering as a career choice among young people, and those of black and minority ethnic origin. The group consists of industry professionals who give up their time to share their experiences and expertise with others.

AFBE-UK Scotland is led by Dr Ollie Folayan, a senior process engineer consulting at a leading oil and gas major and has helped more than 280 students in Aberdeen through its Transition programme.

For further information visit www.afbescotland.org

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