Find your future at FEP

School-leavers who have a love of maths and science and are looking for an exciting career are being encouraged to find their future through an ExxonMobil apprenticeship.
Image Lewis Robson, machinery apprentice.
  Lewis Robson, machinery apprentice.  

ExxonMobil’s Fife Ethylene Plant at Mossmorran is looking for four apprentices who will begin their training at college this September.

​​Three of the apprenticeships on offer are in engineering, with the course at Forth Valley College in Falkirk, while the fourth is a Business Administration apprenticeship to be studied at Fife College in Kirkcaldy.

​​The engineering apprenticeships will be in the varied and fast-paced fields of instrumentation; analysers and mechanical, and will all follow the same apprenticeship structure.

​​The first year will be full-time study at the college, learning the practical skills required for a rewarding career in engineering.

​​The next two years they will complete day release at college with the remainder of the time spent working at the FEP complex, honing their skills alongside experienced team members.

​​In the final year they will work full-time on site to develop their knowledge and complete their necessary training.

​​Candidates should be aged 16 or over and have (or be expected to achieve) a minimum of four National 5s at grade C or above in English (required), Mathematics (required), Physics (required) or Chemistry (required, although physics is preferred) as well as a technical subject such as Graphic Communication, Engineering Science etc.

​​The business administration apprenticeship is a two-year course with the successful candidate spending one day a week at college and four days a week working with the Administration team at FEP.

​​They will be responsible for several administration tasks including SharePoint management and improvement, data analysis, diary management, meeting management and event organisation.

​​Candidates should be aged 16 or over and have (or be expected to achieve), as a minimum, one relevant Higher at level C or above plus four National 5s (or equivalent Standard Grade passes) at Grade C or above in English (required), Mathematics (required), Admin & IT, Computing, Science based subjects, Business, Modern Studies, History, Religious, Moral & Philosophical Studies, Geography.

​​The closing date for applications is April 21, after which a select number of applicants will be invited to take part in an aptitude test which includes questions on a variety of topics from literacy and numeracy to problem solving.

​​Those who impress in this test will then be invited for interview.

​​Lewis Robson from Dunfermline, a 2nd year machinery apprentice at FEP, said: “It was quite a thorough selection process which tested your ability in lots of different areas and set you up for thinking about things when you are working on the plant.

​​“I would tell anyone thinking of applying to definitely go for it because it is a brilliant scheme and is giving me a great learning experience.

​​“Every day is different and that’s what I really like as you could be working on lots of different things.”

​​Martin Burrell, Plant Manager at FEP, said: “We are very proud of our apprenticeship programme which has been running in various forms for over 30 years now.

​​“It has produced many outstanding engineers, many who are still working with us decades later.

​​“I would encourage any young people who are interested in finding their future at FEP to apply as it could lead them to a very varied and exciting career.”

​​To apply, or for more information on current apprenticeships, visit and search for Fife.