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Colzer91112
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Evening All,

I am looking for some information from OGTAP / OPITO apprentices whom have either completed the apprenticeship or have completed at least 2 of the 4 years.

General questions I am looking for answers from;

- What is the setup of year 1? (multi discipline?)

- Is year 2 purely relating to your chosen discipline?

- Years 3 & 4 - For those who are sent offshore - what rota have you been on and what do you do with your time off in between?

- Would you say the training received on completion provided you with the necessary skills you would have expected to receive before you started?

- Any other interesting information for someone who is about to start?

Thanks, Colin.
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Bump? I am also interested.
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wrongun1000
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I finished it 4 years ago (ish)..

- What is the setup of year 1? (multi discipline?) : Not sure what you mean by that but from what I can remember its 3 days at College studying NC multi discipline engineering and 2 days in the training centre (covering all aspects but focusing on your chosen trade).
- Is year 2 purely relating to your chosen discipline?: You finish your HNC and focus on the practical stuff IIRC.
- Years 3 & 4 - For those who are sent offshore - what rota have you been on ? - Depends what company you are with
- what do you do with your time off in between? - Err you know.. the same stuff people do on their weekend off? hobbies going out ect
- Would you say the training received on completion provided you with the necessary skills you would have expected to receive before you started? : Think of it as passing your driving theory test, it gives you a bit of base knowledge. You will learn a lot more on the first month in your jobs than you do in 2 years at college.


Doing it was the best decision I ever made, if you are lucky enough to get on the course don't piss about and mess it up..its a fantastic opportunity.
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What qualifications did you have to get accepted as I'm still in high school and curious
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Colzer9111
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Apologies for late reply. Been busy on the OGTAP course!

Thanks 'wrongun1000' for the reply. Much Appreciated.

Have done well so far on the course and passed everything to date.

- Any advice for starting the offshore scene? I would like to get ahead of the game and learn as much as possible.

- Also, can you shed any light on how companies choose the candidates (is it based on attendance and performance or is it literally random?)

- Great that you say its the best decision you ever made, that's good to hear. What discipline are you? I am Process.


With reference to my question about what you do in your spare time; I should have explained my query related to whether or not you need to do more courses and qualifications in your spare time as I have heard some companies get you to do this when back onshore but I understand that this is obviously not all the time.

'James636373' - Qualifications I had to get on course were Maths, English, and a couple others at Standard Grade level (Scotland). I believe this is called national 5 now. I didn't have Physics which they seem to ask for but I do have Chemistry. There is a fair bit of both on the course but not too difficult.

I am a bit older though so have a degree as well (not sure whether or not it helped me getting on course). I also have 5 years industry experience.
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