North East becomes recruitment hotspot for wind industry

North East becomes recruitment hotspot for wind industry

Hundreds of wind technicians from all over the UK turned up in North Tyneside for the chance to secure a job in the global wind industry.

More than 700 people travelled to AIS Training’s 20-acre industrial training village on North Tyneside to attend a recruitment event for wind industry service-provider, Global Wind Service UK (GWS UK).

The event was hosted by industrial training specialist, AIS in order to showcase careers in wind and to help GWS UK identify potential future talent for its business. 

Employing over 600 people globally, GWS offers onshore and offshore installation and servicing of wind turbines all over the world. The company has several global wind projects in the pipeline over the next years requiring many new employees.

The recruitment event resulted in numerous follow-up meetings, which are due to take place in the coming months. As well as people with no experience keen to get into the wind industry, the event attracted experienced wind personnel with skills such as blade inspection and repair, rigging, slinging and electrical expertise.

Barrie Jermy, HSEQ manager with GWS said: “Given our need to increase manpower for 2018, the North East was the ideal location to meet experienced technicians, alongside those new to the industry, who have the potential to become Global Wind Service employees in the future.

“Targeting a hot spot of historical industry and a demographic of wind-based employees, alongside the presence of local wind-specific training providers, the North East was a favourable option for hosting an event. It was fantastic to see the breadth of talent in the area and we are delighted with the success of the event and the turnout on the day.”

Charlie Guthrie, marketing manager at AIS Training, said: “The North East’s strong industrial heritage and historical links with oil and gas mean we have the perfect skills base for the fast-growing wind industry. AIS has invested heavily in a state-of-the-art, world-class training centre for the wind sector and also boasts an excellent track record in high quality training provision to ensure we can help local people add to their skills and progress successful careers.

“The event has been an overwhelming success and has attracted huge numbers of high-quality potential candidates, who will hopefully be able to help fuel Global Wind Service’s future plans.”