Investing in the Future

At Progressive GE, our success depends on the fact that we know the industries in which we work inside and out. It also depends on the fact that we invest in our people, at whatever stage they are at, in their career. Read on to find out about one such case.

Mayowa Quadri is an Oil, Gas and Energy Management student at Coventry University, but for the last year, has been on a paid internship with SThree as a Commercial Analyst in our Global Energy division.

Industry exposure

Whilst Mayowa was learning a great deal at Progressive GE, picking up an array of skills that would stand him in good stead for the future, we also felt it was crucial that Mayowa got some hands-on experience, and some on-site exposure to the oil and gas industry.

Mayowa has a particular interest in subsea engineering, so we approached one of our clients with whom we have a longstanding relationship, confident that they would fit the bill perfectly.

Subsea 7 is a world-leading seabed-to-surface engineering, construction and services contractor to the offshore energy industry. It partners with some of the world’s largest oil and gas services to provide its expertise in this area.

Mayowa joined Subsea 7 for a month in May 2016, immediately becoming part of the Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) team. Key to his time at Subsea 7 was building up knowledge that would align to his degree modules. He worked in the Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality (HSEQ) Department and was involved in various tasks and training sessions with personnel from the HSEQ team as well as from other relevant departments, including business improvement, project management, business development and subsea engineering, operations and risk management.

Developing young talent

“The placement was an amazing opportunity for me to gain further industry knowledge in addition to what I’ve already gained at SThree,” says Mayowa. “The lessons and skills developed at SThree enabled me to continue my development at Subsea 7 and add value whilst on secondment. Both companies have a real ethos of developing young talent and giving opportunities, which for me and other young professionals such as graduates, interns or apprentices is really important, especially when starting a career. I am really grateful for the opportunity I was given.”

Mayowa’s secondment ended in June, and both parties agree that it was a successful one:

“Mayowa did a great job during his time with us and he delivered excellently on all tasks given. I’ve received positive feedback from other colleagues he worked with – this has been a great collaboration between our organisations,” said Efe Egborge CEnv. MIEMA, HSEQ Dept, Subsea 7, who managed Mayowa during his time at Subsea 7.

SThree has been funding Mayowa’s degree at Coventry, and was pleased to step in with the offer of an internship to enable Mayowa to continue his degree commitments. With the challenges in the market, many of Mayowa’s classmates struggled to secure places for their year in industry, which is required before going into the final year at University. Mayowa is currently on track to receive first class honours, and we are thrilled to have been part of his journey, knowing that we are nurturing the talent of the future.