Fancy a career in oil and gas?

Hopefully you are now inspired to find out more about a career in the oil and gas industry…. Over the next few pages we have included some information from our sponsoring companies, but these are just a few examples of the pathways you can follow.

We are working with educational and skills bodies like OPITO, Skills Development Scotland and Developing the Young Workforce to deliver this project, and the wealth of additional material we will share in the future, into as many hands as possible.

Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme (OGTAP)

The Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme (OGTAP) is managed by OPITO, the skills organisation for oil and gas, and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB). OGTAP is a 3 year 9 month scheme, split into 2 stages. Apprentices spend time both at college and at one of the sponsoring companies, where they receive on the job training. Apprentices are given the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications, combined with practical training with some of the most innovative oil and gas companies in the world.

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Case Studies

Sophie Ewan
Sophie Ewen, aged 21, is currently in her 3rd year of the OGTAP scheme. She is  currently working offshore for her sponsoring company Chevron and is based on the Captain Platform, 90 miles north of Aberdeen as a Process Apprentice.

Robyn Burn
Robyn Burn, 18 years old from South Shields, joined the OGTAP scheme in 2018.

“OGTAP is highly recognised as a prestigious course globally. The training is of a high standard and the scheme offers great opportunities.”

My Oil and Gas Career provides information on a variety of industry specific job roles and guidance on the different routes into industry. Aimed at school pupils across the UK, My Oil and Gas Career is designed to promote the various career opportunities available within the industry. The online resource includes helpful tools such as a career and skills matrix, video case studies where users can listen to industry professionals as well as information about life offshore and the safety training required. The website also hosts information on the wide variety of roles available, allowing users to gain an insight into the skills required for different career paths.

Caroline Kelly is a Chemical Engineer
“it’s very much a people industry…, it involves people skills, listening to people and communicating”
Hannah Cummins is a supply chain manager
“I love the versatility of my job, the amount of responsibility and trust and so many different things I can get involved in, is really interesting.”
Cat Burgess is a geophysicist
“The geologists I work with are from all over the world, which is really interesting.”
“The nice thing about the industry is that there are so many opportunities”

Shell Girls in Energy programme

Shell is committed to increasing the pipeline of STEM professionals, especially among those groups, like women, that are under-represented in the energy industry. The Girls in Energy course is an important part of Shell’s STEM education programme; providing young women with the information and inspiration they need to pursue a career in the energy industry.

The Girls in Energy programme is a one year course, delivered by the North East Scotland College (NESCol) and Fife College, designed to open young women’s eyes to the energy industry’s wealth of career opportunities. It is targeted at girls aged 14–16 in secondary education. Participants that successfully complete the end of course assessment receive an Intermediate 2-level qualification in Energy.

The course helps students to rethink these preconceptions and show them that there are a huge number of different careers available both offshore and onshore all over the world.

Girls in Energy pupils get to understand the future energy challenge including some of the pressing challenges we face in the world today and the role engineering plays in meeting the growing energy demand in a sustainable and innovative way.

Since being established in 2010 our Girls in Energy Programme has seen active participation from more than 850 girls from across North East Scotland and Fife.

‘It was a once in a life time opportunity to have taken part in the Shell Industry Experience, over the last two weeks I have seen that the energy industry still offers young people an adverse range of challenging, interesting and rewarding career opportunities.’
Stefani Duncan,
– Mintlaw Academy
This experience with Shell has influenced my decision to pursue a career in the energy industry. Meeting employees from the company has expanded my knowledge of the different careers and opportunities available in the future.
-Grace Brown

BP invests in bright futures for girls

BP has supported STEM education for 50 years, inspiring girls to enjoy  STEM subjects and showing them the range of exciting and challenging careers available.

Since 1968, one of the core aims of our education programme has been to widen
participation in STEM subjects, particularly to help young women understand  that roles in science are interesting, worthwhile and attainable. With confidence rather than competence being a challenge for girls, we simply open our doors, let young people in and give them personal experiences which demystify STEM careers, encourage their curiosity and allow them to see themselves in a STEM role.

Our flagship BP Schools Link programme creates meaningful partnerships between volunteers and local schools. Female scientists and technologists go out and deliver workshops, careers talks and mentoring to school girls and welcome girls into the workplace on inspiration days and work experience.

BP has a long history of running competitions that challenge students to work together, fusing creativity and scientific method to create something which is greater than the sum of the parts. The Challenge to Youth, hugely popular in the 1970’s has led to the Ultimate STEM Challenge – first prize for which has been awarded to all female teams for the last two years running.

To find out more and enter this year’s Ultimate STEM Challenge visit where you will also find 100’s of free STEM resources showing how the classroom curriculum links to STEM jobs at BP.

For more information on careers at BP visit our employer profile at where you will see what real people do in BP and
what skills are needed for success.

To apply for a graduate role, an internship or a school leaver position at BP and to find out even more careers information please see our website