The British Drilling Association (BDA) has developed a new apprentice training scheme aimed at tackling the shortage of skilled drilling professionals.
According to the BDA, the apprenticeships will enable employers to fill the skills gaps that exist within their current workforce as apprentices learn practical, sector-specific skills from the outset.
The BDA is currently looking for candidates for the new land drilling apprentice courses it intends to run in 2015/16.
The association is proposing to run two course intakes this year – one in Scotland and one in England – dependent upon demand in each area.
The scheme mentors drilling support operatives through all aspects of land drilling and then on to the NVQ level 2 in land drilling, as a lead driller.