Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017 – OGTAP Bethany Strang
To celebrate the next generation taking part in the Oil and Gas Technical Apprenticeship Programme (OGTAP), each day during Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017 (6-10 March), we are featuring a trainee working towards a full time career in the sector.
Now in its 18th year, OGTAP is open to those looking to specialise in electrical maintenance, mechanical maintenance, process operations, or instrumentation and control maintenance.
Falkirk native Bethany Strang, 23, has almost completed the four-year OGTAP programme and works for Repsol Sinopec Resources UK on the Piper Bravo platform.
“Having dyslexia made the college work challenging for me but with a bit of hard graft I was able pass everything.
“Also, being a woman in what some see as a male dominated industry might be considered a challenge but I’ve never felt that way and am treated as one of the guys. I’m actually the only female that works outside on the Piper Bravo platform which I’m quite proud of.
“Some of the other challenges have been getting used to 12 hour shifts each day for three weeks at a time, or coping with a trip of dayshifts followed by one on nightshift. But everyone has been really helpful and I have progressed with my Level 3 NVQ offshore and am due to complete it in May. The life skills I’m learning are second to none.”
The programme is managed by OPITO and the ECITB.
For more information on OGTAP visit http://ogtap.co.uk/