OGTAP Induction

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Congratulations on achieving a place on this year's OGTAP scheme.

We are delighted to welcome you to OPITO as you begin your apprenticeship journey.

Over the next four years you will spend the first 21 months following the college curriculum. Upon successful completion of the college course, you will then move to the workplace for two years to complete your SCQF level 7 in your allocated discipline.

What do I need to know?

To refresh yourself on the course, learn about life as an apprentice at college, and the workplace, you can review a selection of videos from the playlist on our YouTube channel.

Life offshore

The following videos provide an insight into life offshore:

  • The first video is from a typical offshore installation and allows you to navigate the full site so that you gain an insight into life offshore. The video begins with the journey offshore, the accommodation, the restaurant, Health and Safety requirements, and takes you through to the plant itself. View the Cygnus Gas Rig by Spirit Energy
  • The second video, below, provides an insight into life as an apprentice offshore

Working from home

We begin the programme very differently this year, by working from home.

We will soon be sending invitations for group online inductions, where we will go over everything you need to know, (so please have your questions ready!).

At OPITO, we have been working from home since March. We have therefore been able to compile some handy tips for you - these have helped us to work effectively and stay focused whilst we adapted to our new working environment, hopefully they will help you too!

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Meet the team

Your Modern Apprenticeship team are here to support and guide you throughout your apprenticeship journey. The MA team also includes Kayleigh Knight and Linda Lickrish who support day-to-day operations.

Kevin Nicolson, Modern Apprenticeship Scheme Manager

Kevin’s role is to look after the day-to-day running of the MA Programme and to carry out progress reviews for college and worksite apprentices. Kevin has been with OPITO for eight years and prior to that spent 24 years in further education. In his spare time Kevin enjoys gardening and riding his quad bike.
Scott McDonald – Modern Apprentice Reviewer
Scott’s role is to follow the progress of all apprentices and provide support throughout the duration of the apprenticeship. Scott joined OPITO in April 2019 as an MA Reviewer and prior to that he has been in the energy industry for more than 30 years in roles on offshore drilling rigs and in HR and mentoring roles. In his spare time, Scott enjoys travelling and playing golf.
Linsay Wares, MA Modernisation Programme ManagerLinsay's role is varied she supports our apprentices and she is working towards modernising the programme to ensure it meets the needs of the wider energy mix. Linsay has worked in the energy industry for over ten years, mainly working in a learning and development capacity as well as looking after apprentices on the OGTAP scheme. In her spare time, Linsay enjoys travelling and playing badminton.
Jill Glennie, Director, External AffairsJill heads up our External Affairs team and leads the people development, marketing and communications teams for OPITO. Prior to joining the company last year, Jill worked in various senior communication roles across operators and contractors in the energy industry. In her spare time Jill enjoys travelling and spending time with her two sons.

Preparing for the programme

In the meantime, we wanted to send you some information to help you prepare for the programme.

The OGTAP Scheme is a commitment for three years, nine months.

It is split in to two stages, 21 months at college, covering theoretical and practical studies followed by two years on the job training with one of our sponsor companies, either onshore or offshore.

The OGTAP scheme process map

Over the course of the first 21 months at college, the phasing of the scheme is as follows.

OGTAP Process Map

Term Times

Aberdeen - The North East Scotland College (NESCOL)

The college term times for NESCOL, during 2020-2022 are as follows:

19 October 2020 – 23 October 2020
21 December 2020 – 1 January 2021
29 March 2021 – 2 April 2021
19 July 2021 – 30 July 2021


The college term times for Edinburgh, during 2020-2022 are as follows:

19 October 2020 – 23 October 2020
22 December 2020 – 6 January 2021
12 April 2021 - 16 April 2021
5 July 2021 - 16 July 2021

Which college?

Although we plan to work from home for the first few weeks, here is a little reminder of where you will eventually go to college.

LocationDiscipline/sMore information
Tour of facilities
EdinburghInstrumentTour of facilities
More information


If you are staying in the accommodation, please review the following links:

You will be provided with a travel allowance per month to allow you to purchase a bus pass to travel between the accommodation and the college.
EdinburghOverviewYou will travel between campuses via the college bus.

See you soon!

We look forward to meeting you again at your induction.

In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact recruitment@optio.com

Thank you

The MA team

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