Bristow Speaks to Female Aviators and Engineers at Stemettes

Bristow Human Resources Partner Lorraine MacNab and Aberdeen Chief Pilot Christina Brun recently spoke at a Stemettes event to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers among young women. The initiative is supported by the Scottish Government and has wide industry interest and support.

The event was held in association with Centrica at their Aberdeen headquarters on September 22, 2016, and was attended by a group of around 20 14- and 15-year-old female students from local schools.

"Bristow was introduced to the Stemettes organisers by our partner Sky-Futures, which also supports the organization," said MacNab. "This was our first involvement with Stemettes and we're sure it was beneficial for the students who attended. I spoke about engineering apprenticeships and careers at Bristow, while Christina spoke about working at Bristow as a pilot. The primary aim was to create enthusiasm for STEM subjects, which they will consider when they make their career choices."

The students spent some time in the Centrica atrium visiting a small group of desktop-type demonstrations created by the supporting companies which also included Maersk Training, Subsea 7, Helix, and North East College. Each company talked to the students about what they do and presented about some of their projects.

"We outlined the requirements for the types of STEM-related roles at Bristow that could be available when they graduate, and shared handouts that documented the careers of several long-time Bristow employees in engineering and pilot roles," said Christina.

"There was a lot of interest, and one girl in particular has a dream to fly helicopters. She was thrilled to meet us and to find out more about what she needs to do to become a Bristow pilot. We hope we encouraged her and others to seek a role in aviation and to open their eyes to the opportunities available to them in a few years' time."