Dong Energy announced today that it will take on up to eight apprentices next year as part of a new wind power scheme.
The Danish energy firm made the commitment as the Wind Energy Service Technician Apprenticeship scheme was launched at RenewableUK’s conference in Glasgow.
The scheme is the UK’s first Modern Apprenticeship for the renewables industry.
Dong Energy’s vice-president Peter Gedbjerg said: “The wind energy industry needs bright up-and-coming young people to continue its rapid growth in the UK. Operating and maintaining large scale turbines offshore is no easy task so we must have the right people with the right skills.
“Last week the government announced that they will be investing in developing the UK’s ports so that they’re able to cope with the manufacturing element of offshore wind turbines. We need the skilled people to go hand in hand with this new industry.”
Dong will sponsor at least four apprentices from next September with a minimum investment of £100 000.
The apprentices will have on site training at Dong’s Energy’s three existing offshore wind sites in the UK as well as at its projects that are under construction. This will include the chance to work on the London Array development which will be the UK’s largest offshore wind farm.
Each apprentice will spend three years with Dong. The first two will consist of schooled training in workshop environments and the apprentices will spend the third year based at Dong Energy offices and wind farms learning on-the-job skills.
Mr Gedbjerg added: “We’re benefitting from building wind farms in the UK and from the high quality skills pool available so it’s fair that we put something back. Contributing to the skills pool by providing training and a potential career for young people is part of our strategy.”