Are you looking for a long-term and rewarding engineering career? This apprenticeship equips you with the necessary skills to break into one of Scotland’s largest and most economically valuable industries. 

It covers electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, processing operations, systems management and many other fields of expertise. Maintain awe-inspiring infrastructure as an offshore service technician. Take control of essential extraction processes an energy engineer. Work with cutting-edge drilling and refining technology as a process supervisor. 

On this apprenticeship, you'll develop highly-specialised technical knowledge and you’ll learn from accomplished professionals. Whatever your career goals may be, this apprenticeship allows you to develop desirable skills sought after by employers. 

What's the qualification?

You will gain a Modern Apprenticeship qualification at SCQF level 6 in Upstream Oil and Gas Production. This course consists of: 

  • Specialised vocational units for the oil and gas industry alongside transferable core skills training 
  • Enhancement modules providing additional industry-specific qualifications 
  • Real-world industry experience in a range of work experience 

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you could learn how to:   

  • Perform essential operations in the gas and oil production journeys 
  • Load oil and gas storage tanks for transportation 
  • Carry out system maintenance to ensure safety and reliability 
  • Operate crucial engineering systems such as hydraulics and ventilation 

You will also develop set of essential core skills:  

  • Numeracy 
  • Communication 
  • Teamwork 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Information and communication technology skills  

These skills are valuable across a wide range of Scottish job sectorand are transferable outside of the oil and gas industry. Examples include the broader engineering sector, manufacturing, construction and ICT. 

Where could it take me?

There are a variety of options available to you as a Modern Apprentice in Upstream Oil and Gas Production. You can gain further knowledge in a more targeted discipline or begin full-time employment in the industry upon completion of the course. 

Further education: Continue to develop your skills with additional vocational studies. For example, you can specialise further with a more advanced SVQ such as a higher-level SVQ in Processing Operations: Hydrocarbons. 

Straight to work: Use your expertise in upstream oil and gas production to begin work immediately. Examples of potential career pathways available to you as a result of this Modern Apprenticeship are listed below:  

  • Offshore Service Technician 
  • Engineering Maintenance Technician 
  • Maintenance Supervisor 
  • Control Room Technician 
  • Field Engineer 
  • Process Supervisor 
  • Energy Engineer 

Entry requirements

While there are no set entry requirements for this apprenticeship, it can be helpful for candidates to have National 5 qualifications in key subjects such as English, Mathematics and Physics. 


This Modern Apprenticeship will take between 3 years and 6 months and 3 years and 9 months to complete. 

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