Across the UK, Ørsted has had 54 wind turbine technician apprentices since starting its programme in 2017. All 14 apprentices who have completed their courses to date, are now full-time employees and working on Ørsted windfarms on both the East and West coasts. With 40 still training and 18 starting their apprenticeships in 2023.
This announcement is for the first phase of 2023 applications for roles located on the East Coast. The second stage will see positions available on the West Coast. Keep your eyes peeled for this announcement, in the near future.
This year, the renewable energy giant launches its biggest recruitment yet for their East Coast sites. By the end of 2023 18 apprentices will have kick started their renewable energy career in Grimsby with Ørsted. With the government’s ambition of 50GW offshore wind for 2030, the need for people to either start their career or transition into the green energy revolution is more pressing than ever.
Oliver Booth, third year Apprentice Wind Turbine Technician, said: ‘I’m Grimsby born and bred, and feel so lucky to be able to work in such a thriving industry, right here in my hometown. The apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to learn lots of new skills, whilst contributing to help tackle climate change. The people we work with are lovely, and it’s great to see such a diverse group of people and seeing people relocate to the area for the opportunity. "
The programme spans across three and a half years. The East Coast apprentices will study at Grimsby Institute for Higher Education, for their first year, before getting hands-on experience working offshore at one of Ørsted’s six East Coast offshore wind farms during their second and third years.
Rob Howes, Lead Apprentice Specialist said: ‘It’s so exciting to be opening our largest recruitment on the East Coast yet. We really want to encourage everyone to have a look and apply. The application process gives you an opportunity to show us your passion, and teamwork skills. We’re not looking for a ready-made wind turbine technician, we want people who have the potential and want to be part of this thriving industry.’
With a minimum age limit of 16 for applicants, there’s no maximum age for people to apply for an apprenticeship with Ørsted. We ask for applicants to have three GSCEs grade C/4 and above, including Maths, English and Science or a technical subject.
Upon completion of the programme, apprentices will have gained a Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician (MOET) qualification and will become fully qualified wind turbine technicians.
The application window is open for two weeks and will close on 13th March. To find out more about the application process and the programme in the UK, please visit Ørsted’s dedicated apprenticeship programme page