Preparing for your OGTAP Interview

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Congratulations on being selected for the next stage of the Oil and Gas technical Apprenticeship Programme (OGTAP).

To help you prepare for the next stage, a panel interview, please review the following information to support you in your apprenticeship journey.

What do I need to know about OGTAP?

The OGTAP Scheme is a commitment for 3 years, 9 month which is split in to 2 stages, 21 months at college, covering theoretical and practical studies followed by 2 years on the job training with one of our sponsor companies, either onshore or offshore.

OGTAP is one of the most successful schemes of its kind and is managed by OPITO, the skills organisation for the Oil and Gas industry, and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB). The programme is supported by a number of operators and contractor companies.

You will be supported by OPITO or ECITB throughout your training and will be appointed a mentor to help you for the duration of the programme.

Throughout this time OPITO apprentices will gain: SVQ in the relevant discipline at SCQF level 7 or SVQ in Processing Operations: Hydrocarbons SCQF level 7.

ECITB apprentices will gain: Diploma in Maintaining Engineering Construction Plant and Systems.

Learn more about the qualifications and training by hearing from our current apprentices here.

Where will I study?

We work with three colleges; the North East Scotland College (NESCOL), Edinburgh College and Forth Valley College. If you don’t live within commuting distance from any of these, you will be provided with accommodation, meals and transport. You will also be entitled to four paid trips home - at Easter, Summer, October and Christmas.

What training do I need to go offshore?

The following training forms an integral part of the OGTAP Scheme and will take place towards the end of the college phase to ensure you are ready to start your on the job training.

  • Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET)
  • Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST)
  • Integrated Safe System of Work (ISSOW)
  • Authorised Gas Testing Level 3
  • Oil and Gas UK Medical

What type of role will I have?

Depending on your original selection and interview success, the Scheme offers four disciplines. Learn more about each on the links below:

Process Operations

Electrical Maintenance

Instrument and Control Maintenance

Mechanical Maintenance

Learn more about day-to-day life working offshore below, as these apprentices discuss their routines, life on an asset and their roles whilst working alongside industry professionals.

What format will my interview take?

In response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, OPITO employees are currently working from home, therefore OGTAP interviews will be held on a video platform. Your invite to interview will be via Microsoft Teams. You do not need to download this application, you can simply click on the link sent to you. The most important preliminary step you need to take before your live video interview is to check your internet connection is working. Prepare a space you are comfortable in, where you can set up your laptop, tablet or phone and try to avoid any interruptions or distractions.

How can I prepare for my interview?

There are many things you can do to help you prepare for your interview such as learning as much as you can about the OGTAP Scheme, reading case studies and watching videos from current apprentices. Below are a few more tips to help you prepare. The better you prepare yourself, the more confident you will be during your interview!

My World of Work

Apprenticeship Interview Tips

What happens after my interview?

If you are successful at the interview stage, you will receive a conditional offer, pending a pre-employment OGUK medical assessment, which includes drugs screening. OPITO will arrange and pay for this. If you successfully pass, you will then be formally offered a place on the Scheme.

Training Agreement

You will be provided with a personal Training Agreement. This is an agreement between you and OPITO and sets out your role and responsibilities, and our expectations and respective responsibilities. You will sign to agree the provisions of the Training Agreement, and if you are under the age of 18, your parents or guardian will also sign.

Once you are on the Scheme, in addition to your initial medical assessment, OPITO operates a random drug and alcohol-screening process, which can be conducted at any time including suspicion of substance mis-use and prolonged absences.

I have a question that isn't answered here...

You can find lots more information on the OGTAP website. If you have any queries that haven't been answered on the site, or within our Frequently Asked Questions please email us at

And finally, we would like to wish you good luck!

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