OPITO, the skills body for the oil and gas industry is the focal point for learning and workforce development. OPITO is a self-sustaining, employer and trade union led organisation committed to ensuring
the industry’s workforce needs are met now and in the future. One of our key roles is to help secure and sustain the industry’s feedstock of new recruits; we achieve this by:
- Raising the awareness and exposure of the industry’s career opportunities
- Promoting the awareness and uptake of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) in education
- Running key interactive careers events i.e. Energise Your Future
Oil and gas are the world’s most important energy sources and the industry offers an extremely exciting, dynamic and challenging future that will be driven by innovation and technological advancement. Having talented individuals with the right skills, qualifications, ingenuity and expertise will be vital to the continuing success of this industry.
Location for job opportunities: UK and Worldwide
GCSE/ 'A' level/ Standard Grade/ Highers
There are a wide variety of careers available in the oil and gas industry in both technical and commercial disciplines, in general the core subjects of Maths and English are a minimum requirement. These should be at a minimum of GCSE (grade C or above), SQA Standard Grade (credit or general level), Intermediate 1 or 2 or equivalent GNVQs/general SVQs.
For Apprentice or College entry the requirements are variable depending on the nature of the course however for technical and applied sciences the core subjects are Maths, Science or Technology/Technological Studies and English. These should be at GCSE (grade C or above), Standard Grade (credit level) or Intermediate 2.
The Upstream Oil and Gas Industry Technician Training programme (visit www.opito.com for more information) equips motivated candidates with the skills and knowledge to work offshore and onshore in four varied disciplines: Instrument and Control Maintenance, Mechanical Maintenance, Electrical Maintenance and Process Operation. The skills acquired on this programme are highly regarded and valued worldwide. Some companies within the industry will have specific apprenticeship programmes for different disciplines.
Graduate & Post-graduate training programme
There is a constant demand for high-quality graduate applicants across the oil and gas industry with a wide range of technical, commercial and support opportunities are available. Most opportunities are for students with degrees in engineering and applied sciences, entry requirements will vary depending on chosen university and course (visit www.ucas.ac.uk for more information). Openings for those who are qualified in the arts, languages, social sciences and business studies will usually be on the commercial side of the oil industry, in areas such as marketing/communications, business development, distribution, finance and law.
As a first step toward your career in oil and gas visit our information portal www.myoilandgascareer.com. Here you will be able to use our online tool to match your personality to industry job roles and find details of oil and gas companies working in the UK. Most companies have comprehensive graduate recruitment web pages containing a wealth of information about graduate opportunities. Larger companies also visit universities to give presentations and attend careers fairs. Most graduate training schemes are advertised during the autumn term for the following September start. In order to succeed and compete well, good preparation is essential for effective applications and job interviews.
Work placements with combined qualifications
Many companies within the oil and gas industry offer both internships and work placements to students studying related disciplines (engineering, applied sciences, etc). Most internships are offered to students in the summer before their final year, and year-long placements almost always make up the penultimate year of a sandwich degree course. Internships/placements are usually project-based and almost always involve some structured training.
Research shows they also improve your employability and some larger companies often sponsor successful interns through their final year.