Early careers

At James Fisher Offshore we take great pride in our commitment to developing young talent entering the energy industry. We nurture talent through local partnerships such as Meldrum Academy Business Group, local schools, North East DYW and Skills Development Scotland. 

James Fisher Offshore is also signed as an employer of the Young Persons Guarantee, of which you can read more about here.  

Past and present apprentices

Class of 22 studying SVQ 3 Business and Administration SCQF level 6 with NESCOL, while learning on the job at our headquarters in Oldmeldrum.

Kai’s story.

Kai joined James Fisher Offshore within the operations department straight from school. After two years, Kai has completed his Business Administration qualification and will continue his personal development in an exciting new role within the company in Perth, Australia.

"During my time at James Fisher, I have gained an incredible degree of knowledge and experience, and I’ve enjoyed every part of learning new things and meeting new people. Opportunities like this don’t come about often, and I feel like this move will be beneficial for me and my career.” 

Caitlin's road to a degree.

Caitlin began her journey at James Fisher Offshore by completing a Business Administration apprenticeship with us. Throughout her time on the course, Caitlin embraced a range of learning experiences, from industry events to personal development programmes, all engineered to grow her skill set. Caitlin now has the tools and confidence to embark on her next step in her career, completing a BA (Hons) Business Management degree through Robert Gordon University.

"Being part of this team allowed me to learn about the business and what all the departments do… it has helped improve my confidence greatly, especially within meetings and not being afraid to share my thoughts and opinions.” 


Currently, we have Hydraulic Engineering, Administration and Stores.

Modern Apprenticeships vary, our technical apprenticeships take four years, however where an apprentice is completing a workplace qualification this will take around 18-24 months.

Yes, apprentices are paid an hourly rate, which will be detailed in their contracts, and covers the hours spent training as well as working.

An apprenticeship is a good way of learning hands on in the workplace and being accompanied by an academic qualification. You can put your learning into practice as well as earning a wage at the same time. A foundation apprenticeship at school may be a good way of finding out if this is the route you would like to go down.

James Fisher Offshore have an Early Careers Programme, which structures your apprenticeship journey, setting out roles and responsibilities for those involved in the success of your apprenticeship. You will be given a mentor who will guide you, and you will have set learning objectives. We work closely with our training providers for feedback and set up regular meetings to discuss your progress.

Strategic partner

James Fisher Offshore are thrilled to be recognised as a strategic partner to Meldrum Academy. As part of the Meldrum Academy Business Partnership Group, James Fisher Offshore are supporting the school with a programme of family learning activities, with a career insight video for families and an opportunity to participate in a Q&A follow up session. We also have several employees signed up to mentor senior pupils as part of the schools Business Mentor Initiative.


"We are absolutely delighted to have James Fisher Offshore as a collaborative partner. Working closely with local businesses in supporting us at Meldrum Academy is extremely valuable as we work together to equip our students with the skills for life beyond school"

Ian Jackson, Head Teacher Meldrum Academy

Further information

Want further info from James Fisher Offshore?  Contact us at info@fisheroffshore.com

The following organisations can provide advice and guidance on taking the first step into an apprenticeship