Dong Energy launches Grimsby offshore wind apprenticeship scheme

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 19 Jun 2017

DONG Energy has joined forces with Grimsby Institute to offer new offshore wind turbine technician apprenticeships.

The new three-year apprenticeships will comprise of one year of classroom based learning followed by two years working on site. 

The students will be taught in a new virtual training centre opened by the Grimsby Institute this year - Modal at Immingham.

A minimum of four apprenticeships will be available and the application process opens today. 

The new apprentices will start in September 2017. If they successfully complete the programme will become full-time employees at Dong Energy.

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Duncan Clark, programme director for Hornsea Project One Offshore Wind Farm, said: “Dong Energy is committed to helping develop people with the right skills to deliver the UK’s offshore wind ambitions and so we’re delighted to be taking on apprentices in Grimsby.

“Our new operations hub being built in the Grimsby Royal Dock will help maintain our offshore wind projects in the North Sea, and we want local people with relevant skills to work out of the hub and benefit from a highly rewarding job in a fantastic industry.

“Apprenticeships are a great way to learn on the job and the Grimsby Institute is a state-of-the art facility. We believe this scheme will provide a very attractive opportunity to become a fully qualified wind turbine technician. These roles are exciting and varied – not every job can offer a breath-taking view of the UK coastline!”

The apprentices will study as maintenance & operations engineering technicians (MOETs) with an emphasis on turbine technology. They will undertake a BTEC Level Three in Engineering.

Gill Alton, chief executive of Grimsby Institute, said: ““We are delighted to be partnering with Dong Energy to deliver the training for their new maintenance & operations engineering technician apprenticeships.  Grimsby is home to the wind energy industry and it’s excellent news for the town that the Institute has been selected by Dong Energy to provide the skills, knowledge and key employability skills the apprentices will develop in their first year. We have invested significantly over the last few years in providing state-of-the-art education and training facilities which will enable the apprentices to learn in realistic working environments.

“I am looking forward to a long and successful partnership with Dong Energy which will provide outstanding opportunities for people from the area.”

A wind turbine technician is part of a team responsible for ensuring an offshore wind farm continues to operate successfully for its lifetime, planned to be more than 20 years. The main function of the role is to carry out a variety of manual tasks and fault diagnostics to ensure the wind turbines are working reliably and at maximum efficiency. The work is carried out at sea fixing complex machinery and the turbines can be over 100 meters in height from sea level so the ability to work at height is essential.

Transport to the turbines is via sea vessel or helicopter so being comfortable with air and sea travel is also necessary.

Dong Energy is exploring the possibility of expanding its apprenticeship scheme further in the future, potentially into other regions where it operates including Liverpool and Barrow.

It is not a first for the area, with E.on having rolled out a scheme for Humber Gateway, but with Dong Energy the largest operator in Grimsby the potential is clear as it makes the town an east coast hub, with £6 billion of investment underlined.

It has already delivered Westermost Rough, with Race Bank under construction and Hornsea One also underway. At least two more phases of Hornsea, what will be the world's largest site, are anticipated.

Anyone interested in applying for an apprenticeship should click here: Dong Energy offshore wind apprenticeship.

Applications close on July 2. 

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