MEMBER NEWS: Applications open for the 25th intake of pioneering energy apprenticeship scheme

February 13, 2024
MEMBER NEWS: Applications open for the 25th intake of pioneering energy apprenticeship  scheme

OPITO and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) are calling for the next generation of energy technicians to apply to APTUS, formerly the Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme (OGTAP), its prestigious apprenticeship training scheme.

This year OGTAP is rebranding with a new name, APTUS, meaning to adapt, to adjust and to be prepared. This reflects the evolution of both the programme and the entire industry as the energy transition gathers pace. Now in its 25th year, it’s one of the most successful programmes of its kind in the UK, training technicians for a future career in energy, with an employment retention rate after completion of more than 95%.

The four-year programme gives the students industry standard skills and qualifications to deliver conventional energy sources as cleanly, efficiently, and securely as possible while
charting the pathway to newer, cleaner sources and net zero. As well as industry recognised qualifications, APTUS apprentices gain hands-on experience in the workplace, while earning a salary, and a job at some of the most innovative global energy businesses. APTUS is jointly managed by OPITO, the global safety and skills organisation, and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) on behalf of OEUK, industry operators and major contractors including CNOOC International, bp, Equinor, TotalEnergies, Wood, and Petrofac. Since its launch in 1999, the programme has trained more than 2,000 apprentices in four key disciplines: instrument and control, electrical maintenance, mechanical maintenance, and process operations.

Lisa McKay, Director of People and Corporate Services at OPITO, said: “I’m delighted to launch this year’s recruitment campaign. Our modern apprenticeships provide the gateway to an exciting career in an evolving industry. “Apprentices from all backgrounds can apply to become part of an innovative and ambitious industry. We both value, and harness, the unique backgrounds, talents, and perspectives of all our apprentices. Together, our diverse workforce can come together to meet the challenges we face now and in the future.”

Andrew Hockey, CEO of the ECITB said: “APTUS is a bold evolution of the OGTAP scheme which will support the growing demand for skilled workers who will be key to
achieving success in the energy transition.

“As we move into a world of new technologies and continue our journey towards net zero, it’s crucial that we provide the right pathways to attract, develop and retain a world-class

“APTUS is a dynamic and hugely rewarding opportunity that will position apprentices as change makers in an industry which is critical to supporting global infrastructure.”

Andrew Shepperson, Team Lead of Technical Training and Competence in the UK at CNOOC International and APTUS Steering Committee Chair, said: “CNOOC International has been a longstanding sponsor company and supporter of the scheme.

“This highly sought-after programme enables apprentices to earn while they learn, work alongside some of the energy sector’s best employers, and gain globally recognised qualifications in a vital and growing industry to steer their future careers.

“Most of the skills and qualifications are highly transferable. The blend of class-room training, real life challenges, and the opportunity to make connections gives apprentices an incredible platform for success in a fast-paced and evolving industry.

“In line with our commitment to safety and sustainability, today’s APTUS apprentices will play a key role in driving the energy transition and delivering the integrated energy system of

Successful applicants will undertake a three year and nine-month apprenticeship programme split into two stages. The first 21 months are based at one the participating colleges in
Scotland. The following two years include on-the-job training with one of the sponsoring energy companies, where apprentices work towards achieving a Level 3 Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) at SCQF Level 7 in a chosen discipline.

The scheme creates industry-ready energy technicians who can install, test and maintain a variety of equipment. The call for applications is open until 1 April 2024, with successful
applicants starting college in September.

For more information on APTUS and how to apply, visit

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