Leading offshore wind developer, Ørsted is currently taking applications for their burgeoning 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 5th July, so those looking for a career change or are soon to leave education, should apply for a chance to make a real difference to the world as an apprentice offshore wind turbine technician.
Ørsted’s company ethos echoes the sentiment of many, as it aims to create a world that runs entirely on green energy. It is expected that hundreds will apply for the opportunity to have a career with a real conscience.
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 apprentices will be taught how to maintain these impressive 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.
Robert Howes, Learning and Development Senior Specialist said: ”Once these vacancies have been filled, we’ll have an impressive cohort of 22 apprentices across three year groups. It’s been fantastic to see how the current second-year group have looked after the first years and we’re hoping to see that attitude replicated when we take on our next team.
”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.”
David Davidson, an apprentice offshore wind turbine technician in his second year for Ørsted said: “I’m finding the apprenticeship very enjoyable. Working at a fast pace with experienced technicians, I’m learning new skills each day offshore - widening my knowledge on how our offshore wind turbine platforms work.
“I’m passionate about sustainability and climate change and wanted to work for a company who shared my ethical outlook. Ørsted fitted that bill perfectly for me.”
For applications, please visit the Ørsted website.
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