Sophie calls on ‘STEM-curious’ Scots school girls to join N. Sea apprentice training

Sophie Ewen
Sophie Ewen

An oil and gas apprenticeship programme is holding two free evening events in Aberdeen to encourage more young women into the N. Sea industry and dispel the myths which may be holding them back.

The Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme has supported 1,500 trainees as they entered the sector and is marking its 20th anniversary this year with a drive to attract a higher proportion of females with relevant science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) qualifications.

The programme has the backing of 17 oil and gas operators and major contractors, including BP, Shell, Petrofac, Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd and Aker Solutions.

The ‘Girls in OGTAP’ events are aimed at school pupils aged 14 years and over who are interested in a career in the oil and gas and wider energy sector. A parent or guardian is welcome to accompany them to these events in the city’s North East Scotland College.

Twenty year old Sophie Ewen from Buckie is a second-year process operations OGTAP apprentice. She said:

“The best element of the training has been the onsite training instructors, who have previously been offshore. They share their knowledge and experience to give us a better indication of what it will be like.

““I was attracted to oil and gas by the idea of a work life balance and regular time off to enable me to travel. I’m also excited to be involved with the current changes in the industry, such as adapting to renewable energies.

“I would advise people to apply for the OGTAP course as it is highly recognised as a prestige course and recognised globally. The training is of a high standard and offers great opportunities.”

The gender-imbalance in the Scottish oil and gas industry is acute – where barely 20% of workers are female – and most of them work in traditional ‘soft’ jobs in accounting, administration and personnel.

19 Jan 2018

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