UK Offshore Oil Industry Welcoming Over 100 Apprentices in September
The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry apprenticeship scheme is “gearing up” to welcome over 100 apprentices to its ranks this month, UK offshore oil and gas industry body Oil & Gas UK announced on Thursday.
A total of 105 students will join the industry in September through the Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Program (OGTAP), Oil & Gas UK stated on its website, adding that the figure was “almost double” the number who joined the scheme in 2016.
“This apprenticeship scheme is a key part of industry’s ongoing efforts to encourage young people into the industry, which offers exciting opportunities for a fulfilling career,” Paul Atkinson, chief executive of the Offshore Contractors Association and a member of the steering group that oversees the scheme, was quoted as saying on Oil & Gas UK’s website.
“This year’s intake of 105 apprentices, up from 55 two years ago, demonstrates that we have successfully continued to recruit young talent into the industry throughout the downturn, a positive sign for sector as it continues to recover from the most severe and prolonged global oil downturn in history,” he added.
Deirdre Michie, chief executive of Oil & Gas UK, said OGTAP is recognized as “one of the most successful apprentice schemes of its kind”.
“I’m delighted to see so many young people preparing to join the industry in this year’s intake, however we still have a way to go if we want to bring increased diversity to our workforce,” Michie said in an organization statement.
“As part of the industry’s drive to address the gender balance, OGTAP has established a diversity group to explore ways to attract more female applicants to the industry apprentice scheme,” Michie added.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome our apprentices and wish them all the best for a long and fulfilling career in the oil and gas industry,” Michie continued.
OGTAP is managed by industry skills body OPITO and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB). It has brought almost 2,000 young people into the industry since it was set up in 1998.
OPITO is a global, not-for-profit, skills body for the energy industry, which traces its roots back to the 1970s. The organization manages OGTAP on behalf of operators. The ECITB is a non-departmental public body accountable to the Department for Education, which was established in 1991. It manages OGTAP on behalf of contractors.
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