DONG Energy partners with Grimsby Institute to offer new offshore wind apprenticeships

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DONG Energy has partnered with the Grimsby Institute to offer new offshore wind turbine technician apprenticeships.

The new three-year apprenticeships will comprise of one year of classroom based learning at the Grimsby Institute followed by two years working on site with DONG Energy.

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

Grimsby Institute. Photo: Chris Curtiss

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

The new apprentices will start in September 2017.

The apprentices will study as a maintenance & operations engineering technician (MOET) with an emphasis on turbine technology. They will undertake a BTEC Level 3 in Engineering, and if they successfully complete the programme will become full-time employees at DONG Energy.

Duncan Clark, programme director for Hornsea Project One Offshore Wind Farm at DONG Energy, 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.

“Apprenticeships are a great way to learn on the job and the Grimsby Institute is a state-of-the art facility.”

Gill Alton, chief executive of the Grimsby Institute, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with DONG Energy to deliver the training for their new maintenance & operations engineering technician apprenticeships.

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

Anyone interested in applying for an apprenticeship should visit the website.