The energy sector has historically shown strong commitment to employing apprentices.
The Scottish Government has increased its target for new apprentices to 28,000 and announced extra funds for key areas including dental nursing and management.
A north-east businessman has warned that "drastic increases" in his rates could mean losing 10 apprentices in his ambitious training scheme.
More than two-thirds of people in Scotland say they don’t view apprenticeships as the best starting point to reaching a senior position in their career.
Three new Dyce-based apprentices are relishing the chance to pick up new skills.