Ex-Forces personnel are benefiting from free places on a diploma course designed to help them take advantage of job opportunities in the offshore wind energy sector.
The Level 2 Diploma in Staying Safe in the Wind Turbine Environment (Onshore and Offshore) has been developed by North Shields-based Maersk Training and lasts up to 10 weeks.
It covers the essential skills, knowledge and training that people need to work in an offshore wind turbine environment, anywhere in the world. Maersk Training managing director Stuart Cameron said: “Tough economic times mean unemployment rates are high in our region.
“Encouragingly, the offshore wind energy sector is expanding at a very fast pace and there are numerous opportunities for people seeking employment and looking to get into a thriving industry. However, learning these safety skills is a vital prerequisite.”
The recent Renewable UK Skills Manifesto estimates that by 2023 the sector will require an additional 70,500 skilled workers.
Cameron added: “The transferable skills gained throughout a career in the forces are in great demand across the wind industry and we are delighted to be providing an opportunity to get their foot on the ladder and gain a valued qualification.
“Many of our instructors come from a forces background and they are able to use their own experiences to relate to people training with us.”
Following a pilot course which ran from July to September, a number of delegates have already obtained interviews and jobs within the industry.
Some people travelled from their bases in Germany as part of their resettlement training, and the second cohort have recently started.
A third diploma is programmed to start in early November, followed by diplomas starting every four to six weeks from January 2014 onwards.
To qualify for a free place, applicants with a forces background must have been aged 19 or over on August 31, 2013. People who do not qualify for a free place are eligible to apply for a place at a subsidised rate.
To request further information or to enrol, contact the bookings team on 0191 296 6895 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Maersk Training set up its UK training centre in North Shields in 2007. It currently operates a total of nine training centres in Denmark, Norway, United Kingdom, India, Dubai, Singapore and Brazil.