Oil, Gas Apprentice Program Encourages More Young Women to Join Sector
The UK’s Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme (OGTAP) is marking its 20th anniversary by encouraging more young women to join the oil and gas industry.
OGTAP, which has supported 1,500 trainees entering the sector, is hosting two free evening events in Aberdeen’s North East Scotland College (NESCOL) on January 24 and 25 in a bid to attract a higher proportion of females to the sector and ‘dispel the myths which may be holding them back’.
Attendees will hear from women working in the industry and get the opportunity to network with current female OGTAP apprentices and course mentors, as well as look around NESCOL’s training facilities.
“The energy sector is incredibly broad in terms of career options, however the technical job roles like technicians and engineers still suffer from the stigma of being seen as traditionally male roles,” OPITO’s chief executive officer, John McDonald, said in an organization statement.
“Our goal with the ‘Girls in OGTAP’ evenings is to ensure that young women can hear from the experts first hand, speak to apprentices already on the scheme and see the surroundings at NESCOL. What better way to allay any concerns they and their parents or guardians may have and gain a better understanding of what being an apprentice involves for women in the energy sector,” he added.
The ‘Girls in OGTAP’ events are aimed at school pupils aged 14 and over who are interested in a career in the energy sector.
Managed by OPITO and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), OGTAP has one of the highest achievement rates in the country, as well as the backing of 17 oil and gas operators and major contractors, including BP, Shell, Petrofac, Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd and Aker Solutions.
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