There are two different types of apprenticeships, Craft and Technician.
The term craftsperson is used to describe someone who is highly skilled in practical ways. A craftsperson is able to transfer information from the most complex of drawings and diagrams, and manipulate hand tools and machinery in order to form and assemble components, install wiring, erect structures, all to the most exacting of standards and tolerances.
A craft apprentice is required to attain a base level of knowledge to underpin these skills. The achievement of a further education qualification is a must. The qualification is likely to have a significant degree of hands-on, practical work to support the theory.
Craft apprentices will be trained in one of the following disciplines:
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Technician apprentices are trained for operations that will be carried out in one or more of the following environments:
on-site e.g. on a petrochemical plant, oil refinery, processing plant, etc. or offsite e.g. North Sea oil platform or in an office environment.
Technician apprentices will follow one of the following pathways:
Technician apprentices will have a greater degree of input than craft apprentices in the design and development of systems, in diagnosing faults and inconsistencies and in identifying remedial actions to be taken. They are likely to be responsible for the smooth-running of systems and equipment.
A technician apprentice’s educational training is more theory based, and the apprentice will be required to qualify at a higher level than a craft apprentice. A higher level of attainment at school or college is a distinct advantage. Test results are important, as is communication with other team members.
Technician apprentices are more likely to pursue a career in an offshore environment. A career offshore is highly rewarding. However, work patterns can be unsociable and individuals may be away from home for several weeks at a time, working long hours and often in extreme conditions.