Upstream Oil and Gas Production

Modern Apprenticeship



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 5 pathways give apprentices access to a variety of specialist qualifications within the sector.

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 6.

Select Level 6 to see the framework document and qualification(s) at that level. 

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 in both continuous operations and in project activities to:

  • control room operator

  • senior technicians

  • team leaders

Apprentices may also progress to positions such as:

  • maintenance supervisor

  • process supervisor

  • 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.

How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 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 your business needs.

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 encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

How long will it take?

It will take 12 to 24 months to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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