OPITO has developed and registered "The Modern Apprenticeship
for the Oil and Gas Extraction Industry" Training programmes
are currently running to provide skilled young people as Process
Operations Technicians and as Maintenance Technicians , delivered
within the M.A. framework.
These programmes are benefiting from Skillseeker in Scotland and
are principally funded and sponsored by major companies such as;
Mobil North Sea
Shell UK Expro
Who also are represented within the OPITO Management Group.
Initial training takes place in Technical Colleges where qualifications
in firther education and in skills training are gained over a 2
year period . This isnfollowed by a further 2 year period of on-the-job
training where skills qualifications are built upon , which lead
to award pof Nationally recognised Modern Apprenticeship certificates.
Eventually , full time employment in a dynamic Industry is the anticipated
and likely outcome .
The growing demand for technicians is being partly met by this
OPITO led initiative . Currently , the Modern Apprenticeship is
being promoted across all sectors of the Industry across the UK
. although at present , entrants are school leavers of 16 - 18 years
of age , it is anticipated that Industry requirements will lead
to the M.A. framework being extended and adapted for other categories
of entrants .
Also available are a description of the programmes
currently being delivered, and some Frequently