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 second and last phase of 2023 applications for roles located on the west coast.
This year, the renewable energy giant launches its biggest recruitment yet for their UK sites. 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.
Sol Stanway, third year Apprentice Wind Turbine Technician, said: “Since starting the apprenticeship here in Barrow, I’ve been offered so many opportunities. The renewable energy industry is a big part of the future, and it is something I am glad to be involved with. The apprenticeship is giving me the opportunity to learn hands on, on the job, whilst being supported by people who have been in the industry for years.”
The programme spans across three and a half years. The west coast apprentices will study at Furness College, for their first year, before getting hands-on experience working offshore at one of Ørsted’s West Coast offshore wind farms during their second and third years.
Rob Howes, Lead Apprentice Specialist said: ‘I’m very excited to launch the second half of the UK’s apprenticeship programme. The west coast sites offer great support and opportunities to anyone thinking about becoming a wind turbine technician. We’re looking for people with passion, a sense of teamwork and have the drive to make the world a greener place. We really encourage anyone to have a look, and see if this opportunity is for you.’
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 just over two weeks and will close on 31st March. To find out more about the application process and the programme in the UK, please visit Ørsted’s dedicated apprenticeship programme page: Apprenticeships Programmes | Ørsted Careers (Ørsted.co.uk)