The offshore wind industry gained four new recruits this week after they completed their training with East Coast College as part of a Military into Offshore Wind initiative. The programme aims to attract those seeking a new career after serving in the armed forces into the engineering construction industry. It is a collaboration between the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), East Coast College, and local employers.
The collaborative project was co-funded by the ECITB and East Coast College through Growth Deal Funding. The programme syllabus included:
- Introduction to the offshore wind sector
- Health and behavioural safety in the sector
- Global Wind Organisation (GWO) Basic Safety Training
- Energy Institute Wind Turbine Safety Rules (WTSR)
- GWO Slinger course
- Employability support
- ECITB Wind Turbine Compact and Davit Cranes Maintenance and Statutory Inspection
- ECITB Wind Turbine Service Lift Maintenance and Statutory Inspection
- ECITB Inspection of Working at Height Systems and Equipment
“I see the industry as a route for me to progress in my career. This training programme is allowing me to take the first steps into the sector and into employment.” – George Reeve, ex military student.