Twenty-year-old Lynsey Stevenson moved to Edinburgh last year to start an OGTAP (Oil & Gas Technical Apprentice Programme) apprenticeship, managed by OPITO in partnership with Edinburgh College. We caught up with her about how her apprenticeship is going so far:
What made you choose an apprenticeship?
I chose an apprenticeship for the on-the-job training – the opportunity to earn and learn.
What were you doing before starting your apprenticeship?
I was studying for a Masters in Pharmacy at university.
What has been the best thing so far about your apprenticeship? Any highlights?
I’ve formed lots of friendships with my new classmates, going out for food with them has been great. In terms of the course itself, the practical nature of it is the best thing.
If you could give one piece of advice to a student starting an apprenticeship now, what would it be?
Budget! The starting wage might not be great, but it is worth it in the end. So make sure to learn to budget at the beginning.
What are your plans for the future?
I hope to work offshore and progress within the oil and gas industry. And, to travel lots when I’m off.
Looking back, is there anything you would do differently?
I would have applied to the apprenticeship straight after school rather than after university.
If you could describe your apprenticeship in three words, what would they be?
Interesting, fun, beneficial.