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This Modern Apprenticeship gives young people the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge they need to work as technicians on offshore installations and onshore terminals. The five pathways give apprentices access to a variety of specialist qualifications within the sector.

The qualification

SCQF level 6

Your employee will study for a qualification in Performing Engineering Operations, plus one of the following:

  • Processing Operations: Hydrocarbons at SCQF level 7
  • Process Engineering Maintenance (Instrument and Control) at SCQF level 7
  • Process Engineering Maintenance (Electrical) at SCQF level 7
  • Process Engineering Maintenance (Mechanical) at SCQF level 7
  • Engineering Maintenance (Electronic) at SCQF level 6

Apprentices would be expected to complete one or two of the following non-advanced qualifications, depending on their pathway:

  • Processing Operations: Hydrocarbons at SCQF level 4
  • National Certificate in Engineering Systems at SCQF level 6 
  • National Certificate in Electrical Engineering at SCQF level 6 
  • National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering at SCQF level 6

All Apprentices would also be expected to complete a Higher National Certificate in one of the following:

  • Electrical Engineering at SCQF level 7 
  • Mechanical Engineering at SCQF level 7 
  • Measurement & Control Engineering at SCQF level 7 (selected units for Instrumentation discipline)
  • Electronics at SCQF level 7 
  • Petroleum Process Technology, Operations and Control at SCQF level 7 
Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this apprenticeship. Employers may wish to contact OPITO for advice and guidance on recruitment and selection.

Progression and development

Apprentices may have the opportunity to achieve carers as technicians. The technician will advance in an industry where assessment of competence against National Standards is the norm. Breadth of competence as much as seniority will define progression and reward.

Technicians could progress to control room operator, senior technicians and/or team leaders in both continuous operations and in project activities. Apprentices may also have the opportunity to progress to positions such as maintenance supervisor, process supervisor or field engineer. There are opportunities for work offshore on fixed and mobile installations, both in the UK and overseas, and in onshore oil and gas terminals.

Technicians operate as a key resource within the industry and can anticipate secure employment in the UK, in Europe and globally wherever oil and gas is extracted. Qualifications and experience gained also readily permit transference to other industry sectors.

SCQF qualification levels explained

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How is it funded?

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

See training contribution calculator below to determine funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet the needs of your business.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employers to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-24 months to complete.

Training contribution calculator

Find out how much of a contribution we pay a provider towards the cost of training of apprentices.

The calculator shows what SDS will pay. Contact your learning provider to find out how much you need to contribute.

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