Unemployed locals in Tyneside are being offered free places on a new training course designed to help them take advantage of job opportunities in the thriving offshore wind energy market. The course is open to people who are unemployed, a UK resident for the past 3 years, aged 19 or over and live in the Tyneside region. Subsidised places are available for those that don’t qualify.
The course has been developed by Newcastle based Maersk Training and lasts approximately ten weeks. The Diploma covers essential safety skills people need to work in an offshore wind turbine environment, including: Safety Passport, confined space, electrical awareness, working at height, manual handling, sea survival, fire awareness and an industry related project. Everyone who successfully completes the course will receive a Maersk Training Diploma in Staying Safe in the Wind Turbine Environment (Onshore and Offshore).
David Bowyer, Head of Training & Education at Maersk Training said: “Tough economic times mean unemployment rates are high in our region. Encouragingly, the offshore and wind energy sectors are expanding at a very fast pace, so there are great opportunities out there for people seeking employment.
We are committed to helping those who are less financially able, improve their prospects, by gaining a valued qualification.”
Adrian Yeaman, Operations Manager of BostonEnergy said: “The Diploma is a very pro-active way of bringing new technicians into the industry and Maersk Training should be commended in introducing this qualification. It allows us to draw technicians from the local community and support our clients with the best turbine technicians who know how to work safely.”
Anyone who is interested in enrolling onto the Diploma is invited to attend an Open Day between 9.30am – 4.30pm on Thursday May 8, 2014 at One Trinity Green, Eldon Street, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE33 1SA where they will be able to register their interest and meet representatives from Maersk Training, South Tyneside Council, Job Centre and various employers within the Wind industry.
For more information contact the Course Bookings team at Maersk Training for further details as soon as possible on: +44 (0)191 270 3220, UK Freephone: 0800 169 4426 or via email: Newcastle@maersktraining.com