As an apprentice you will:

  • Study towards a related qualification
  • Work alongside experienced staff and industry professionals
  • Gain job specific skills
  • Earn while you learn 

Oil & Gas Technical Apprentice Programme (OGTAP)

Since OGTAP began in 1998, more than 2,000 people have entered the oil and gas sector through the scheme. It is managed by OPITO on behalf of the oil and gas industry in partnership with the Engineering Construction Training Board (ECITB), and supported by a number of oil and gas operators and contractor companies including Aker Solutions, BP, Shell and Total. 

OGTAP is a 3 year 9 month programme and is split into two stages.  Apprentices spend time both at college (in Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Falkirk) and one of the sponsoring companies, where you will receive expert on-the-job training.  

The programme is offered in four key disciplines:

  • Electrical Maintenance
  • Mechanical Maintenance
  • Process Operations
  • Instrumentation and Control Maintenance

OGTAP apprentices gain various qualifications including:

  • Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Level 2 (Performing Engineering Operation)
  • National Certificate (multi-discipline)
  • Higher National Certificate (allocated discipline)
  • OPITO Global Standards - Oil and Gas Level 2

Recruitment for the 2020 intake is now open and will close on Monday, March 16th 2020 - for more information, to view the eligibility criteria and to sign-up to receive recruitment alerts, please visit www.ogtap.co.uk.

Schlumberger Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship

The Schlumberger Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship provides excellent training and development opportunities for those looking for an inspiring and challenging career.

Maintenance technicians play a critical role in Schlumberger service operations. Over the 3 year 4 month scheme duration, apprentices will learn the skills and techniques necessary to maintaining, troubleshooting and repairing state-of-the-art technologies.

The initial 16 months is spent at North East Scotland College (NESCOL) where apprentices gain the theoretical knowledge needed for the following 2 years of hands-on practice in a workshop environment.

Successful completion of the programme leads to an NC, an HNC in Engineering, an SVQ Level 3 qualification, and a wealth of opportunities for future development and career progression.

Recruitment for the scheme takes place annually starting in May - for more information and to view the eligibility criteria please the OPITO website.

In-house apprenticeship schemes

A number of oil and gas companies will run their own apprenticeship schemes.  Have a look online on company specific websites or carry out some research on Google.