Parent Pack

Oil and Gas Technical Apprenticeship Programme (OGTAP) Information for parents and guardians.

The parent pack can be downloaded and distrbuted here

The OGTAP is one of the most successful apprenticeship programmes in the UK, running for around 20 years. The programme has an excellent retention rate of apprentices, 96% of apprentices get employed by their sponsoring company on successful completion of the programme. Despite the downturn in the industry, the industry should be commended for their continued support of the programme.


The Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme is offered in four key disciplines:
Electrical Maintenance
Mechanical Maintenance
Process Operations
& Instrumentation and Control Maintenance.

One of the key factors of the apprenticeship is that the scheme is fully funded and therefore apprentices will gain globally recognised qualifications, earn a salary whilst they learn and at the end they will not be in debt with student loans and gain transferable skills.
After the apprenticeship there is the option to progress to further education and complete an associated degree programme, which can also be fully funded.

The scheme promotes health and safety, team working, problem, communication and apprentices will develop a whole range of transferable skills.

The programme is set up so that apprentices complete a college phase first achieving the following awards:
 National Certificate in Engineering Systems
 SVQ (Scottish Vocational Qualification) Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations
 HNC (Higher National Certificate) in specific discipline (Mechanical, Electrical, Instrumentation or Process)
 Processing Hydro Carbons level 1
 Discipline Specific Skills
 BOSIET (Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training)
 MIST (Minimum Industry Safety Training)

The off the job training is delivered by Edinburgh College (Instrumentation and Control) and North East Scotland College (Process, Mechanical and Electrical) and takes 21 months.

Depending on the apprentices home location there will be accommodation provided. The accommodation is usually in university/college halls of residence and all accommodation has 24 hour on-site security.

On successful completion of the off the job training, apprentices will progress to the worksite for the work experience phase of the programme, this phase is 24 months. On successful completion the apprentice will achieve a Modern Apprenticeship SVQ level 3 in Process Engineering Maintenance (Mechanical, Electrical or Instrumentation) or Processing Hydrocarbons Level 3.

Once applicants meet the minimum entry requirements they will be invited to complete an online aptitude test. On successful completion of the aptitude test applicants will be invited for interview. Check elgibility criteria here

If you have any specific questions that may not be covered please contact us for more information: communications@opito.com