The NETTS program is unique to traditional apprenticeship programs in a number of ways:
- Companies work together, sharing their expertise to ensure that apprentices have the best possible exposure
- The first 18 months of the apprenticeship is based in a structured learning environment to give them the skills to transition to an on- or offshore oil and gas role
- Host companies will take apprentices from other hosts to give the entire group exposure to a variety of facilities and equipment
- No matter the trade - process, instrumentation/electrical or mechanical - they all complete foundations training in Year 1
- Apprentices are taught a variety of life skills that will prepare them for the transition from school to the workplace
- Secondments are arranged with other facilities to provide apprentices with additional experiences that they may not get by working on the one site
The National Energy Technician Training Scheme (NETTS) brings together the leading players in the oil and gas sectors with peak training bodies to build a highly skilled workforce for the future.
There are many different career pathways a NETTS apprentice can take. The qualifications required for each of these roles - process plant technicians, mechanical technicians and instrumentation/electrical technicians - will take approximately four years to complete. Each trade will finish a number of baseline qualifications before going on to study their specific trade.
With NETTS, employers and apprentices are supported and guided all the way. The program includes:
- Recruitment is managed with industry involvement in final selection
- Inductions to industry standards specifically designed for candidates with no industry experience
- Coordination with RTO on training block, unit selection and training content.
- Ongoing supervision and pastoral care
- Design and implementation of life skills, communications and conflict-resolution training
- Industry standard safety culture developed
- Weekly tool box meeting, task observations and safety conversations
- Industrial foundations training and trade specific training
- Nationally recognised formal qualifications
- Monitoring and performance reviews
- Mentoring and ongoing support 24-7
- Working on team projects and presentations
- Continual feedback and review of progression, including reports back to host
- Monthly operational discussions and quarterly strategic planning meetings
- Coordination of secondment blocks to gain additional workplace experiences
- A range of career paths
- A focus on diversity
- Support and guidance at every step
The NETTS program is specifically designed to take people, without previous skills and experience, into the oil and gas industry. This ensures we are growing a diverse workforce for the future. Our main prerequisites for the program are people who exhibit a genuine interest in industry, an aptitude to learn new roles and the motivation to pursue a new career.
While the oil and gas sector went through a rapid growth period in 2013 - 2014, industry leaders began to discuss ways to better recruit and train apprentices. The desire was for a standardised education and training program to increase the supply of safe, skilled workers for the future.
Out of these discussions, the concept of a collaborative training program was worked through, and the National Energy Technicians Training Scheme (NETTS) was born. The NETTS model was designed to use innovative educational approaches, increase community engagement and lower training costs. Now supporting the fourth and largest intake so far, the NETTS program continues to grow and meet the needs of a growing oil and gas industry.
Potential candidates are targeted at school-leaver stage with a pre-recruitment strategy involving representatives visiting schools and ATSI academies to raise awareness of the program and employment opportunities.
The foundation of this program was built on three core goals:
- To increase diversity in the energy sector, targeting 50/50 male/female split and 20% Indigenous participation.
- Setting an industry standard for training of new entrants into the oil and gas sector across Australia.
- To provide a steady pipeline of competent, safe and skilled operators and tradespeople into the energy sector.
What our customers say...
Ian Ritchie - Competency Assurance Lead, Santos
“We currently have six NETTS production apprentices on site at Devil Creek Gas Plant. As well as experiencing working life on the gas plant, they also have the opportunity to experience working in remote locations including CS1 (compressor station 1) on DBPL (Dampier Bunbury Pipe Line) and Reindeer Offshore Gas Production Platform.
The initial reaction to these young apprentices was surprise at how skilled and knowledgeable they were, being so young, and they quickly integrated into the operations team. After almost a year, these apprentices will be moving on to either Varanus Island (for Santos apprentices) or to Shell Prelude (for Shell apprentices).
The feeling from site is one of pride in being involved in the development of these bright young apprentices, and at the same time, sadness to see them move on to other facilities to further their development.
We’re looking forward to the next group of apprentices starting at Devil Creek, working with a team who value the pipeline of talent coming through the NETTS program.”
Lawrence Ryper - Prelude FLNG Onshore Production Team Lead, Shell Australia
“Currently our third year apprentices are in the process of mobilising to Prelude FLNG where they will be working until the completion of their apprenticeship. Our second year mechanical fitters are about to graduate from TAFE and begin their placements with QGC and our instrument electricians with ENI and Santos, with our first years working hard at TAFE and taking part in activities like the Jimmy McQuade Safety Day.
Up until now, we have been privileged to have our peers in industry (including Woodside and Santos) host our apprentices. It’s now exciting to be welcoming our third year apprentices onto Shell Australia’s first operated asset on the West Coast, and to be part of the world first Floating LNG facility.
The NETTS Apprenticeship program allows us to collaborate with industry partners and actively contribute to the talent pipeline into the oil and gas industry.”