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Lews Castle College UHI student Megan Ferguson has been selected from thousands of applicants nationwide to be one of just 40 to win a prestigious Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme (OGTAP) Apprenticeship.

The OGTAP scheme offers a range of disciplines and is sponsored by major energy operators and contractors.

Megan has just completed her NC Mechanical Engineering at LCC UHI and said, “The environment of LCC UHI was always amazing to me, every member of staff I have come across has always been more than welcoming, ranging from canteen staff to lecturing staff.

"All the lecturers are hardworking but are also extremely friendly and will always be there to have a laugh with you. Which is something I really enjoy as it takes a lot of stress from your shoulders to spend 30 minutes away from your work to have a laugh with your classmates and lecturer.”

LCC UHI has worked in recent years to encourage more women into what are often seen as male-dominated science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses. Megan is one of three women completing the NC Mechanical Engineering this year. 

Megan said, “I chose to study engineering as it was something I grew up with from a young age. I was near the time of leaving school and was still unsure of what I wanted to do so I decided to pick up a metalworking class as one of my classes for that year and found myself really enjoying it and enjoying the environment.

"I could never be more thankful for my lecturers, especially Alasdair MacDonald and James Macleod.

"Even during the hardships of covid, my lecturers have still provided learning to us in the best way possible and have supported us through it all.  It can be difficult to have to change your style of learning from face-to-face to online, but it went very smoothly for us, and I am very pleased with how things went.”

Roddy Ferguson, Head of Technology at LCC UHI said, “Congratulations to Megan in successfully completing NC Mechanical Engineering at LCC and in securing a place on the OGTAP offshore apprenticeship scheme.

"Having come through such a competitive selection process for the apprenticeship scheme is testament to Megan’s hard work throughout the year and I’m sure that the knowledge and skills gained during her studies will provide the ideal platform for her to thrive in this important next step towards a rewarding career in engineering."