FINDING the right career path can be a full-time job in itself these days, especially given the current financial climate.
University fees are on the increase and higher education is not for everyone.
For some, moving straight into employment where a combination of on-the-job training and further education is offered can be a viable solution.
According to Scottish Government statistics, almost 20,000 people in Scotland have started a Modern Apprenticeship over the past year. Investing in training and developing the right people at all levels is vital in securing the next generation of talent.
Leading subsea contractor Technip is committed to people development and through its well-established Apprenticeship Programme, provides a framework for young people who want to work but also wish to gain a formal qualification.
Technip duo Sarah Mutch, 21, and Phil Johnston, 23, have recently completed Scottish Vocational Qualifications levels 2 and 3 and their national certificates in their relevant engineering disciplines – Sarah, mechanical and Phil, electrical.
They worked closely with Tullos Training in Aberdeen, Aberdeen College and Banff & Buchan College during the four-year programme.
Both are now working towards their Higher National Certificates and are progressing well through the programme.
During her apprenticeship, Sarah worked in the drawing office, a multi-discipline unit dealing with the majority of design and engineering work undertaken by Technip’s UK business. Using Computer-Aided Design and Draughting, Sarah has worked on a number of contracts. She has also gained experience working with 3D software packages such as Inventor, an industry standard.
Phil was based in the asset technical workshop, which forms part of Technip’s fleet management organisation, where he has worked on the construction and installation of a wide range of equipment used for subsea projects. He has also carried out maintenance and testing of diving systems and been involved in the mobilisation of equipment on various vessels at different Technip work sites.
Following completion of the scheme, both have been appointed to full-time positions. Sarah is now a draughtsperson and Phil is an offshore technician.
Technip learning and development manager Samantha Landsborough said: “Congratulations to Sarah and Phil on completing their apprenticeships with Technip. They have both worked extremely hard over the last four years, taking what they have learned in the classroom environment and adapting it to the workplace.
“Having access to experienced colleagues and tutors has been a real advantage and I wish them well in their ongoing career paths.”
Applicants for Technip’s apprenticeship programme should have a good range of standard grades (including mathematics, English and physics) at grade 3 or above. A strong interest in engineering, enthusiasm, good communication skills and ability to work in a team are vital skills. Apprentices are recruited each spring and all vacancies are advertised when available through the careers section of the website, www.technip.com
Technip is a world leader in project management, engineering and construction for the energy industry.
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