A MAJOR oil company prospecting for student talent has tapped into the resources of Huddersfield University.
Texas-based multinational Cameron has strengthened its links with the Queensgate campus following a visit by some of the company’s top executives.
Cameron, which exhibited at the university’s careers fair, is one of a global leader in building and operating pipelines for gas and oil.
It has an office in Leeds and over the years many Huddersfield University students in subjects such as business and marketing have been on work placements with the company.
Several of the university’s graduates have gone on to work for the company – taking part in a globetrotting training process that involves stints at Cameron’s Houston headquarters and sites in the Far East.
Cameron has also sponsored students during their studies at Huddersfield and the company’s staff have contributed to the content of some courses.
The visit by top executives from Texas was organised by Stephen Boyd, head of careers at the university, and Clare Thompson, human resources partner for Cameron in Leeds.
A day of talks and presentations was arranged for the visitors – Joe Mongrain, who is Cameron’s vice-president with responsibility for human resources, and John Watson, director of global talent acquisition. John Bartos, vice-president for development and technology took part in discussions via a live conference call link from Houston.
Several Huddersfield academics gave presentations highlighting the opportunities for collaborative research and development.
"The visit was a big success and a reflection of the relationship between the university and Cameron," said Mr Boyd. "I am confident that the link will be strengthened further and that the multi-national will be keen to recruit many more Huddersfield graduates as part of a wider long-term partnership."