Oct 29, 2018At Home

Natural gas industry conference gives teachers the tools to inspire the next generation

At the annual SPE Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition (APOGCE) 2018 held recently in Brisbane, the focus wasn’t just about educating those working in the sector today.

The industry association has a keen eye on the next generation of talent, who will be using the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, big data, machine learning, and 3-D printing as part of their everyday toolkit.

Conference organisers created opportunities for teachers and students of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects to broaden their knowledge of the energy industry through the Energy4Me program. Fun, interactive workshops, inspiring speakers, and networking were all on offer. Since teachers play an important role in inspiring the next generation to get involved there was a big emphasis on giving them the tools to start the conversation in the classroom.

There are hundreds of different types of jobs in the energy industry utilising the most cutting-edge technology and requiring skilled individuals that can adapt to a quickly changing market. Here in Australia the natural gas industry directly employs thousands and creates many more jobs indirectly through its supply chains, and there are new projects coming down the pipeline all the time.

Conference Chair and President – Australia East, ConocoPhillips Wendy King said that the energy industry offers boundless career opportunities for the bright and curious, and encouraged all STEM students to learn more about the variety of roles that will be necessary for our energy future.

“Our industry is changing every day, with technology playing a fundamental role. The next generation of diverse talent will bring a fresh perspective and a deep understanding of technology to help us better supply energy to Australia and the world.”