Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017 – OGTAP Matthew Duncan


6th March 2017

Today is the start of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017 (6-10 March), which puts the spotlight firmly on the next generation considering the route of on-the-job learning for an entry point into their chosen field.

Created in 1999, the Oil and Gas Technical Apprenticeship Programme boasts one of the highest achievement rates across the UK. Managed by the oil and gas industry skills organisation OPITO and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), the programme is open to those looking to become apprentices in one of four areas: electrical maintenance, mechanical maintenance, process operations, and instrumentation and control maintenance

Each day we are featuring a different story from someone who has experiences of the process technician’s programme

Matthew Duncan from Denny outside of Grangemouth is a process technician in his second year of the OGTAP programme.

“I worked part time at a car mechanic business while I was still at school. It was through this role that I discovered I have a natural ability for finding equipment faults and fixing any issues. This made me consider process engineering as a career.

“Living so close to Grangemouth Refinery, there are no upstream oil and gas organisations locally so I looked to my group of friends out with the local area for inspiration.

“I spoke to a friend who was already an OGTAP apprentice for advice and her enthusiasm for the programme, living in Aberdeen and the opportunities it was bringing her, was definitely a defining moment and one that spurred me on to apply.

“The programme is going really well and at the end of last year, I came runner-up at OPITO’s Apprentice of the Year awards.”

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