A Banchory school leaver has been given the all clear for a career in emergency response after joining Petrofac Training Services (PTS) at their pioneering Emergency Response Service Centre (ERSC) in Aberdeen.
Ryan Martin, who is also a Cadet Sergeant in the Army Cadet Force, was chosen for the twelve-month work development role as an Emergency Response Operator (ERO) following a school mentoring initiative between PTS and Banchory Academy that saw PTS coaching the sixth year students on cover letters, CVs, presentations and interviews.
The purpose-built ERSC, the first of its kind in Aberdeen, responds to offshore emergency incidents, from providing onshore support to the affected installation, to dealing with relatives and the media.
Ryan, 17, said: “I am delighted to have been offered this opportunity and grateful to the emergency response operators for sharing their knowledge and time with me, equipping me with unique skills for my future career.”
Peter Walker, Regional Manager, Response Services and Major Emergency Management for PTS said: “Since the centre opened in 2006, our team and infrastructure have evolved to meet the demands of our wide client base. We engage with our local schools to promote the different aspects of the service industry that support offshore exploration, which is more than just engineering. In doing so, we raise awareness of the relatively unknown emergency response world that supports North East Scotland’s major industry as a career option.
“We are delighted to welcome Ryan to the team; this is an opportunity for him to learn and develop with a team of professionals at the ERSC and have an experience that is unlikely to be mirrored by another young man of his age.”
Sheila Di Maio, Head Teacher of Banchory Academy said: “During his time at the Academy, Ryan has shown himself to be a mature and focused young man. I believe he will make the most of the opportunity and I am confident he will take the skills and qualities he has developed at school and build on these within the field of oil and gas and emergency response.”