The company says they will join the production and maintenance departments within the business and be given the opportunity to further their training overseas in the four-year program.
"The Oil Search apprentice program is a program which begins with a one-year technician training course at the Institut Teknologi Petroleum Petronas (INSTEP) campus in Malaysia. The technically intensive course is designed to give the trainees underpinning knowledge, skills and behaviours required to be safe and effective.
"Upon returning to the field the trainees will be working under the supervision of trainers and other technicians. They will undergo on the job, role specific and trade qualification related training that is integrated with Oil Search's competency management system to enable them to be competent in their roles as they progress towards the end of the programme," Oil Search said.
Oil Search executive Darren Williams congratulated the new apprentices, saying that as people moved on, "we need young people to come in and undergo training to take over. We are always looking for new people that are smart, sharp and intelligent and are ready to have a go and I can see you all here ready to seize that opportunity".
Williams challenged the apprentices to make the most of the opportunity and to drive their own learning throughout the four-year programme.
"You are at the starting gate and it's now up to you to take the next step and take on the challenge. It is going to be an exciting business and you have the opportunity to own the new developments in the petroleum industry in the country and move the country and business forward," Williams said.