FAQs

Can't find the answer? Send us a question using the form on the contact page.

I would like to go to University or College. Can you direct me to relevant courses?

Working in the oil and gas industry really can lead to a long career. Choose a subject you'll enjoy, give you a chance to use and improve your skills, and result in a qualification that helps you move nearer to a career you want.

There are many higher education institutes that feature oil and gas-related undergraduate/postgraduate courses, most have their own websites. The following two links will help you decide what's right for you.

UCAS delivering admissions services that help applicants make the right choices, for the right reasons and with the right outcomes.

The National Career Service supported by qualified career advisers, provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities.

What is the best way to get in to the oil and gas industry?

There are many different routes into the sector, it really depends on what you want to do and the qualifications and experience you have. We have a range of filmed case studies on our website of people who have entered into various careers within the industry.

For direct employment, our Career Links and/or Oil and Gas Company links should give you a starting point.

Please note, not all the companies on these lists will be relevant and there are more oil and gas companies out there than appear here.

I don't have any skills or experience but am keen to start a career in the oil and gas industry?

It really depends on what career you decide to pursue. Our Career Planner will give you an overview of job roles you may be interested in and will allow you to get information on the required qualifications and entry routes in.

I want to start a technical career in the oil and gas industry as an apprentice. Can you let me know what's available?

In partnership with the Engineering Construction Industry Training BoardOPITO offer apprenticeships in four varied disciplines:

Instrument and Control Maintenance, Mechanical Maintenance, Electrical Maintenance and Process Operation.

Visit the OPITO website to find out more, including how to apply and the minimum qualifications required.

Where can I apply for offshore entry level jobs?

For individuals that are new to the offshore industry, the starting positions are; Roustabout or a role as part of Deck Crew Operations. These positions are responsible for carrying out general housekeeping and material handling operations for the drilling rig or a platform.

Without experience and competence in a role, new entrants are placed with experienced crews who act as mentors. During this stage, the individual is classed as a ‘Greenhand’.

These jobs are usually advertised on recruitment company and oil and gas company websites. For direct employment, our Career Links and/or Oil and Gas Company links should give you a starting point. Please note, not all the companies on these lists will be relevant and there are more oil and gas companies out there than appear here.

Please note you must have reached the legal age of 18 to work offshore.

Can I seek employment with the qualifications, skills and experience I have gained whilst working in another industry?

Yes, there are opportunities for people of all ages and many different routes into the sector, it really depends on what you want to do and the transferable skills you have.

We have a range of filmed case studies on our website of people who have entered into various careers within the industry.

In addition, our transferrable skills matrix, will give you an insight into the types of roles that best suit your skills and experience.

Which colleges/universities offer oil and gas courses?

Many universities and colleges run oil and gas related courses. It depends on the type of course you wish to study and your existing skills. Some places run oil and gas business courses, others run programmes with more of an engineering focus. You could find out more by contacting colleges and universities directly and asking for a prospectus.

How can I apply for jobs as an Offshore Steward?

The following companies manage and deliver business dining and business services which includes services such as cleaning, security, reception and building maintenance, see their career/vacancy pages for more information:

If I complete the BOSIET and MIST training will I be guaranteed a job offshore?

Completion of any training does not guarantee a job. Seeking employment often depends on previous experience. Some oil companies will recruit before training has been completed so being persistent is probably the key to success. It is a good idea to register with an employment agency or seek advice from an employer, both can put you forward for relevant roles and give you advice on your suitability. 

What basic courses do I need before applying for employment offshore?

Our training page will give you more information on training within the oil and gas industry.

Please note that the completion of training courses does not guarantee you a job. Also, depending on your skill set, some oil companies will recruit you first and pay for you to complete the necessary courses.

I am looking to start a career in the oil and gas industry but don't want to work offshore, are there onshore positions available?

Contrary to popular belief, in the UK the majority of careers in the oil & gas industry are based onshore, specifically only 10% of the 440,000 workers.

Have a look at the Oil and Gas Guide designed to help you see where oil and gas jobs are located. 

I am a technical person but my experience is not oil and gas related. Are there any courses that would give me the oil and gas knowledge I am currently lacking?

To let you know whether your existing skills are transferable it would be a good idea to try chatting to an employing company or agency. Our Career Links and/or Oil and Gas Company links should give you a starting point.

Please note, not all the companies on these lists will be relevant and there are more oil and gas companies out there than appear here.

In addition, Petroleum Open Learning provide flexible self-learning courses which deliver a basic underpinning knowledge and an understanding of the theory, operation and practical application of a representative selection of equipment and systems. Petroleum Open Learning courses will enhance and improve a candidate’s technical knowledge of the oil and gas extraction industry. 

What will happen to my oil and gas job when the oil runs out?

Recent research from Oil & Gas UK predicts that there will be oil in the North Sea until at least 2050! This doesn’t even take into account the oil reserves that will still exist in other areas of the world. In addition to this, decommissioning (the safe dismantling of existing oil platforms) will take decades to complete and will in itself provide a huge amount of employment.

If you choose to move away from your employment in the oil and gas industry, you will have many transferable skills that will be of use in other sectors too.

In addition to qualifications and experience, what else would make me employable?

Think about developing your employability skills, for example your:

  • Communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Analysing skills
  • Planning and organising skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Negotiating skills
  • Decision making skills

Your cover letter:

When applying for jobs, remember one cover letter does not fit all. Tailoring the cover letter is crucial.

Your CV:

There are plenty of common CV mistakes that employers see on a daily basis, from simple spelling mistakes to format inconsistencies. There are many free online resources to help you create a professional CV and always try your best to match the requirements listed in the job advertisement you are applying for.

Is it true that the oil and gas industry is really bad for the environment?

The oil and gas industry makes huge investment into procedures and maintenance to ensure its activities safeguard the environment it operates in. In fact, oil and gas is one of the most innovative with regard to environmental protection, so why not be part of that and make a difference from the inside out!

Start planning your Oil & Gas Career

Career Planner