Oil & Gas UK Wants More Diversity in OGTAP Applications
Industry body Oil & Gas UK has urged more females and people from ethnic minority groups to apply for this year’s Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Program (OGTAP).
“There is always a big demand for an OGTAP place which is not surprising given the many exciting and diverse opportunities this industry offers,” Alix Thom, workforce engagement and skills manager with Oil & Gas UK, and former Chair of the OGTAP Steering Group, said in an organization statement.
“This year we expect to recruit around 55 apprentices and we’d really like to see more females and people from ethnic minority groups applying as these communities are under-represented in both the offshore population and OGTAP,” Thom added.
Paul Atkinson, chief executive of the Offshore Contractors Association, said the organization was ‘very keen’ to widen the diversity of applications.
“The oil and gas industry remains a great place to work. OGTAP is a wonderful opportunity for people from all backgrounds to lay down the foundations of an interesting and rewarding career,” Atkinson said in an OCA statement.
“There will be opportunities in the North Sea for many years to come. We would encourage anyone who is interested to apply as soon as possible,” he added.
OGTAP is open to those looking to become apprentices in one of four areas; electrical maintenance, mechanical maintenance, process operators and instrumentation and control maintenance. Applications for OGTAP places close on February 16.
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