Shaping tomorrow’s energy leaders: The OGTAP 2023 cohort begins

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23rd November 2023

Since its launch in 1999, the OGTAP apprenticeship programme has trained more than 2,000 apprentices in four key disciplines: instrument and control, electrical maintenance, mechanical maintenance and process operations.

Managed by OPITO and ECITB on behalf of industry, the scheme trains the next generation of skilled and competent technicians for both the offshore oil and gas industry and the wider offshore energy industry.

This year, over 60 fresh apprentices have begun their OGTAP journey – ready to enter the world of energy. Those who have completed the OGTAP apprenticeship have gone on to have fulfilling and successful careers across the world as Offshore Installation Managers, Superintendents, Emergency Response Managers and much more.

Throughout September, our Modern Apprenticeship (MA) Manager, Scott McDonald, along with MA Reviewers Paul and April, joined induction sessions with our apprentices across the Aberdeen and Edinburgh college campuses.

OGTAP apprentices at college

Why OGTAP? Insights from our new intakes:

“I decided to join the OGTAP Apprenticeship as I knew that the experience and industry-recognised qualifications would set me up for a successful career in energy – whilst allowing me to earn while I learn.”

Callum Gilmour, a First Year Instrument and Control apprentice

“Joining the OGTAP programme felt like a no brainer for me. After the feedback I have heard about the apprenticeship, it stood out as the best way to kickstart my career.

“After just a few short weeks, it’s already clear that I made the right choice. The mix of theory and practical learning has helped me gain an understanding of the industry much quicker than I ever expected.”

Dylan Hudson, a First Year Instrument and Control apprentice

What skills will OGTAP apprentices develop?

OGTAP apprentices spend the first 21 months of the scheme at one of the participating colleges across Scotland. As well as practical experience, apprentices will gain various discipline-related qualifications. According to Callum, his lecturers have gone above and beyond to help him and his classmates.

The OGTAP programme acknowledges the importance of developing soft skills, like teamwork and personal independence, alongside technical skills.

“With OPITO-provided accommodation, the other apprentices and I learned how to live by ourselves in student-style accommodation – which comes with high and low points !”

Over his first year in the OGTAP scheme, Daniel has earned a National Certificate, SVQ Level 2 and completed other discipline-related training. Now, he’s looking forward to finishing his HNC before moving to the worksite, with his sponsor company, to receive expert on-the-job training."

Daniel Readman, a Second Year Instrument and Control Apprentice

Over his first year in the OGTAP scheme, Daniel has earned a National Certificate, SVQ Level 2 and completed other discipline-related training. Now, he’s looking forward to finishing his HNC before moving to the worksite, with his sponsor company, to receive expert on-the-job training.

Do you know somebody who’d be interested in OGTAP?

Applications for the 2024 OGTAP intake open early next year. If you know somebody who might be interested, like an upcoming school leaver or someone more experienced and looking to change careers, find out more by visiting the OGTAP website.

“Not knowing what you want to do after leaving school is a common problem for many and I was no different. I’m happy I was told about the OGTAP scheme, and that I’m now completing the apprenticeship.”

Daniel Readman, a Second Year Instrument and Control Apprentice

“My advice to anyone considering applying for the OGTAP apprenticeship is to absolutely go for it. In my opinion, it’s the best route to take if you aspire to become an engineer."

Callum Gilmour, a First Year Instrument and Control apprentice

More information about 2024 applications will be announced early next year.

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