Could one of the UK’s best apprenticeship schemes change your life?

The Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme (OGTAP) could be your dream ticket to a fulfilling career with top training and prospects, opportunities for travel and a generous salary.

After applying and being accepted, you’ll embark on a four-year apprenticeship programme, managed by OPITO and the Engineering Construction Training Board (ECITB), learning – and earning – from the very beginning. Since it began in 1999, the programme has supported more than 1,500 young people into the industry. Many former apprenticeships are now working onshore and offshore for operators, contractors and the supply chain in the UK and internationally.


As an apprentice, you can expect to gain qualifications including an NC in Multi-Disciplinary Engineering, an HNC in Mechanical, Electrical, Instrument and Control or Process Technology, an SVQ Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations, a POH1 (Processing Hydrocarbons) and an SVQ (SCQF Level 7). Starting salaries with an employer can begin in the range £35,000 to £45,000 a year.


Sophie Ewen, a 20-year old, Year 2 Process Operations apprentice, said: “My apprenticeship will allow me to work in a choice of process engineering industries, including oil and gas, energy or chemicals. I’ve been attracted to the work life balance that the energy industry offers, with the possibility of a higher salary and more regular time off than other professions, allowing me to travel from a young age. OGTAP has also allowed me to work with the best training technologies and learn from knowledgeable onsite training instructors. I’d highly advise others to take this path.”

Amadou Camara is a 20-year old, Year 3 Instrument and Control Maintenance apprentice. He said: “I had a passion for engineering from a young age and after reading about OGTAP I realised it would be a great way to further my knowledge and gain qualifications while earning. When I went offshore for the first time it was exciting and I was nervous, but I knew I had good training and my workmates guided me through. I’m fulfilling some of my life’s ambitions and my dream job of working with a major operator on global projects is closer to becoming a reality that it’s ever been.”

Ashley Thomas is a 20-year old, Year 2 Process Operations apprentice, he said: “I grew up in Peterhead in north-east Scotland and knew about the oil and gas industry from family working in Aberdeen and around the world. I was introduced to OGTAP at a school presentation, I applied and haven’t looked back since. My proudest moment was being named OPITO’s Apprentice of the Year in December last year. I’m still training at North East Scotland College’s Aberdeen Skills and Enterprise Training (ASET) centre but aim to become a fully qualified Operations Technician based offshore or abroad.”

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