Apprenticeships Gain Momentum in Upstream Oil, Gas Sector

“Apprenticeship programs are an excellent example of how an industry can proactively tackle its skills issues. Oil and gas is the UK’s largest industrial investor, contributing billions to the economy and employing more than 440,000 people. The recruitment and training of technicians is critical to developing and retaining the workforce we need to continue to take on the world’s toughest energy challenges,” said John McDonald, UK managing director of OPITO, in a news release.

“We receive thousands of applications annually from young people keen to be part of the industry journey. The qualifications they gain are recognized internationally so the apprentices have the skills required to work anywhere in the world and, as such, are highly sought after by employers. As the skills organization for oil and gas, we are keen to ensure that future generations of workers are aware of the opportunities in the sector and we believe that it is critical that industry plays a role in maintaining students’ levels of interest in the sector from a young age,” he said.


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