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    I have a bit of a head ache thought i would share it with everyone and see what they think.

    I recently got offered two apprenticeships which were in fact the last two i applied for. one is with my local council as an electrician which seen 400 applicants for 7 jobs. the other is with OPITO who had around 1500 applicants for 77 jobs. i feel very lucky to have been offered two great opportunities.

    i am now stuck in which one to go for. all along i wanted the OPITO one as it was offshore meaning good pay and career prospects. but after a long chat with my mum and dad they have put a more mature view on it saying if i come to not like working offshore i am stuck within the industry with only one path. they said that if i took the council one i would have a trade behind me and also have to option to still go offshore (by paying the required courses myself) and if i didnt like it i could fall back on my trade.

    i have thought very hard about it but still feel really stuck anyone got any opinions?
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    I can totally see where your parents are coming from. It does sound like a more 'secure' idea to have a trade which can be applied in a number of different areas. Is it at all possible to get some work experience on a rig- to see if you like the idea and the work that it involves? It would really help you make up your mind.
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    thanks for your reply. that is a good idea but to go offshore even for a day you need medical and survival certificates which cost a fair bit to get so it wouldnt really work out. the council one starts in the next few weeks and the offshore one on sept 7 so time isnt really on my hands. the thing about offshore is the being away for up to two weeks at a time, sounds okay just now bit will it be different when im in the situation? suppose you can only try!
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    If you thinking of offshore work you could always look at becoming a marine engineer? Someone like SSTG .

    You can pick up your electrical technical certificate which is what you are talking about plus you will also get a HND or Foundation Degree in marine engineering depending if you have A levels or GCSEs.

    Once qualified there are no tie in clauses so you don’t have to stay at sea , however only working 6 months of the year, with starting salaries of around 25k is quite appealing.
 
 
 
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