Petrofac News 1700X397
12 September 2016

Petrofac honours new Royal Academy of Engineering Fellows

At Petrofac, we understand the importance of investing in our people and attracting top talent to our company.

One of the ways in which we have been doing this is through our Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship programme.

The scheme was set up seven years ago, with the aim of providing exceptional opportunities for graduate engineers, and addressing the long-term need for highly-skilled engineers in our industry.

Each year, we award a number of talented young engineers £9,000 towards their Master’s degree.

The programme combines a full-time Master’s degree with additional learning and development opportunities, including a work placement on a Petrofac project and a Petrofac mentor.

Petrofac Group Chief Executive, Ayman Asfari (FREng), recently attended a reception at the Academy to honour the five engineers who completed this year’s Petrofac programme and presented each of them with a certificate.

“I would like to congratulate all the past and present Fellows on their outstanding achievements”, Ayman said.  “I hope they will continue to embrace all they have learned on the course and take it with them as they move through their careers.”

Graduates standing with their certificates

Irene Rios was one of the five talented graduates to be awarded an Academy Fellowship this year.

“The whole experience has been simply perfect,” Irene said. “Very tough, very intense - but very rewarding. The oil and gas industry was something that was totally new to me. I’ve increased my capabilities and skills, and I’ve proved to myself that I can really have a place in this field.

“The job I did for my work placement was a very small piece in the whole puzzle, but it was an essential element of the project, and that was my ultimate goal: having the opportunity to do real work that makes a meaningful difference within a company.”

The reception marked the end of what has been an immensely successful and rewarding Fellowship programme, which has seen 32 Fellows appointed since its inception.

Petrofac will, however, continue its longstanding relationship with the Royal Academy of Engineering through our sponsorship of the STEM Teacher Network programme.

This scheme aims to create a national network of support for STEM teachers, which helps engage a wider range of pupils in STEM subjects.  Petrofac supports six Teacher Co-ordinators around London, Aberdeen and Woking.

“We are excited to be part of this programme because of its potential reach, impact and long-term significance, and we hope that with our continued support the programme will continue to thrive,” Ayman said.

Find out more about how we promote STEM education.