Engineers from Sparrows Group have been providing support to secondary school pupils as part of a project aiming to encourage the workforce of tomorrow to consider a future in oil and gas. Students from Kirkcaldy and Glenwood High Schools in Fife took part in the ‘Your Future in Energy’ programme which educates teenagers on the skills required to work in the energy industry.

The Sparrows Group has boosted our senior management team with the appointment of an experienced director to head up our operations across the Americas. Steve Bertone joins us after 33 years with McDermott International. In his new role, Mr Bertone will be based in Houston and will oversee all of our operations in the US, Brazil, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Almost 30 years have passed since Ewen Kerr walked out of Oldmachar Academy into the big wide world. He had wanted to work . . . something engineering-related; ideally training to become a draftsman. The North Sea seemed logical; after all it had been booming, only his timing was awful as the province had just been hit hard in the 1986 oil price crash. “My father was head engineer at John M Henderson’s here in Aberdeen,” recalls Kerr. “So maybe it was a genetic thing. But with the North Sea in recession, I couldn’t get a job. I ended up working in a bank for a year or two as it was all that was available.

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