Jamie’s hopes for an oil and gas career kick off with apprenticeship

Jamie Rose is a 24-year-old engineering OGTAP (Oil & Gas Technical Apprentice Programme) apprentice. Jamie’s apprenticeship is with OPITO – the not-for-profit, skills body in the energy industry. Jamie comes to the College to consolidate the practical learning of his apprenticeship – read what he has to say below.

What made you choose an apprenticeship?

I feel it’s the best path into the oil and gas industry. It mixes practical and theory aspects at College while getting paid with on the site experience after. And, I will finish with a well-regarded qualification in the industry.

What were you doing before starting your apprenticeship?

After school I went to university but I then dropped out after a year. I worked various jobs in between until I started this apprenticeship, most recently in an independent car garage.

What has been the best thing so far about your apprenticeship? Any highlights?

Inside College, the practical workshops provide valuable experience that’s hard to gain elsewhere. Outside of College the social aspects are great, it’s a tight-knit group that are all friendly and respectful of each other which makes it easy to talk to new people.

If you could give one piece of advice to a student starting an apprenticeship now, what would it be?

It’s a good alternative to consider instead of university for those people who are more practically inclined.

What are your plans for the future?

Technician job in the oil industry after finishing the apprenticeship.

Looking back, is there anything you would do differently?

No there isn’t anything I would do differently.

If you could describe your apprenticeship in three words, what would they be?

A great opportunity.

Learn more about Apprenticeship opportunities at Edinburgh College.