All of these diverse workers have one thing in common: strong technical training. The question is, will today’s students be prepared to step into these roles tomorrow?
To make sure the answer is “Yes!”, Shell’s Workforce Development and Diversity Outreach (WDDO) group has already participated in several proactive programs this year. The activities are part of an ongoing, multi-faceted strategy that encourages a diverse range of students to follow technical career paths, according to WDDO manager Frazier Wilson
“Not enough students are studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. And many of those who do choose a STEM career path take their skills to other industries,” Wilson explains. According to a 2017 EY study, 62% of today’s students find a career in oil and gas unappealing. A disproportionate number of these are women.
To maintain a pipeline of future talent for Shell, the WDDO group partners with Shell businesses and with numerous organizations that are working to reverse these trends. Most programs target middle and high school students, who are often pressured to make uninformed education choices that will profoundly affect their lives. Last year, the group’s programs reached 1 million students, 90,000 parents and 145,000 teachers.