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Apprenticeship applications open for offshore windfarm

Published: 1 July 2019 - Carly Wills

Offshore wind developer, Ørsted is currently taking applications for its apprenticeship programme.

With growth year on year, 2019 sees Ørsted committing 12 places across the country. There will be eight positions made available on the east coast and four on the west.

Applications are due to close on Friday 5 July, so those looking for a career change or are soon to leave education, should apply for the chance to become an apprentice offshore wind turbine technician. It is expected that hundreds will apply for the opportunity.

The company is currently constructing the world’s largest offshore windfarm, Hornsea One which is based 120km off the coast of Yorkshire. Once complete, the site’s 174 turbines will be able to generate electricity for well over a million homes in the UK and the apprentices will be taught how to maintain these structures.

At 195m high, offshore wind turbines have grown so big that just one rotation can power a home for over a day.

Just like a car, turbines require regular maintenance and inspections to ensure they’re working at full capacity and, after a three-year placement with Ørsted, the fully qualified technicians will do just that, at one of Ørsted’s 11 operational UK offshore wind farms.

The commencement date for positions will be September 2019 and over the three year programme, apprentices will learn vital skills, having spent the first year of their studies at a local college. Whilst at college, the group will work towards their Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) level three, as well as a BTEC Diploma. The group will also have the chance to travel as they take part in specific technical and health and safety training, which will be hosted across the UK and in Denmark.

“Once these vacancies have been filled, we’ll have an impressive cohort of 22 apprentices across three year groups,” Robert Howes, learning and development senior specialist said.

“Ideally, we’re looking for team players with good communication skills. Someone who has a good technical understanding and an ability to problem solve will fit in perfectly. The renewables sector is still so new but it’s storming ahead and grabbing people’s interest along the way. This could be someone’s perfect opportunity to start on their journey to an extremely rewarding career path.”

For applications, please visit the Ørsted website



 
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