Scott Stage - OGTAP Apprentice

Scott Stage

Scott was accepted on to the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry Technical Training Scheme (now OGTAP) in 2010. Originally from Aberdeen, Scott studied Instrument and Control Maintenance at Edinburgh College.

The apprenticeship scheme grows in popularity every year, which according to Scott is a very positive thing and shows how times have changed.

‘All I can remember from school was the goal of gaining acceptance into University, there was never any mention of apprenticeships, unless you already knew of them and you wanted one.

‘Apprenticeships were scarce and the amount of places were so small, it put people off applying, but now there are a lot more opportunities which is a step in the right direction.

‘The scheme is split into classroom based learning at College and practical based learning with one of the sponsoring companies offshore.

Scott very much enjoyed college - ‘You practice a lot of skills required offshore at college, like calibration, pipe bending, risk assessments and Permit to Work system. All your work is recorded in a logbook which is checked by OPITO.

This is to make sure we are up-to-date and making progress through the course. A lot of my nights were spent working on my workbook which was recognised by the lecturers.

It was hard work and a detailed logbook that won Scott the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award in 2012. ‘I am very proud to have won the award, the scheme has gone a long way to equipping me with the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in the oil and gas industry.’

Scott maintained a positive outlook and approach to his work from the moment he applied and throughout the programme.

With a bright future ahead of him, Scott has a clear objective. ‘My ultimate career aim is to be an offshore installation manager and while it might be quite a few years off, this has absolutely been the best start I could have hoped for in my career.’

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