THE team at ExxonMobil’s Fife Ethylene Plant (FEP) is on the search for bright new talent after launching its annual apprenticeship recruitment programme to coincide with Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2019.

This year’s scheme offers four-year Modern Apprenticeships with opportunities in electrical and instrument engineering at Mossmorran.

FEP hires apprentices only for already identified future positions. This year, it is seeking three new recruits to join more than 220 individuals who developed their careers through the programme.

Jacob McAlister, FEP plant manager, said: “We pride ourselves on having the very best people and our apprenticeship programme has played a hugely important role in achieving this.

"Almost a third of our workforce started their careers as apprentices, with many now holding vital and highly skilled roles within the plant.

“As well helping young students make the transition from education to the workplace in a step-by-step manner so that they have the chance to learn and grow into their roles, our focus is to support apprentices in developing their skills so that they can continue to progress and carve out long-term careers for themselves at the plant and beyond.”

Niamh Blanski, a second year electrical engineering apprentice at FEP, said: “It’s exciting to be an apprentice with ExxonMobil.

"I am learning so much. I work with really knowledgeable people and I am getting the support that I need to develop. A lot of my colleagues started off as apprentices and others have gone on to work for the company around the world. I know that if I work hard, those opportunities will be there for me too.”

School and college students with four National Five passes that include English, mathematics, physics and a technical subject such as CDT, Graphic Communications, Engineering Science or Product Design are invited to apply to join ExxonMobil’s apprenticeship recruitment programme.

As a major employer in the area for more than 30 years, around 180 employees and 50 core contractors work at FEP with more than 73% living within six miles of the plant.