A call has been made for more female recruits to join an apprenticeship scheme for the energy sector.
Intake has begun for this year’s Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme (OGTAP) which has helped bring around 1,500 young people to the sector over the last 20 years.
It is signed by industry body Oil and Gas UK and the Offshore Contractors Association on behalf of their members, and managed by skills body OPITO and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECTIB).
Organisers are hoping to bring more women on board for this year’s intake, which will see around 55 apprentices being taken on.
Dr Alix Thom, Workforce Engagement and Skills Manager with Oil & Gas UK and former Chair of the OGTAP Steering Group, said: “There is always a big demand for an OGTAP place which is not surprising given the many exciting and diverse opportunities this industry offers.
“Many previous apprentices have gone on to hold varied and senior roles.
“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.
“We’re also keen for more companies to get involved in the scheme which already has the backing of 17 oil and gas operators and contractors.”
Paul Atkinson, Chief Executive from the OCA, said: “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. We are very keen to widen the diversity of applications.
“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.”
Applications close on February 16.