RWE npower offers renewable apprenticeships in Wales
Thu, 3 May 2012
RWE npower renewables is today launching an apprenticeship scheme for the first time in Wales offering skilled, long-term jobs in the renewables industry.
Announced at the Renewables UK Cymru Conference in Cardiff, the Large Scale Wind Apprenticeship programme will recruit six trainee wind turbine technicians who will complete a three-year course, with the aim of moving into a full-time engineering post with one of the largest renewable energy developers in the UK.
Recruits will work on some of the wind farm company’s biggest, most important flagship projects onshore and offshore in Wales, including Gwynt y Môr – one of the largest offshore wind farms in construction in Europe.
The announcement was welcomed by the First Minister of Wales, Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, who said: “In March I announced the Welsh government's commitment to work with business to drive forward the long-term economic benefit for Wales from the investment being made in our low carbon energy sector.
“Today's announcement by RWE is a clear demonstration of how they are maximising the job potential and community benefits from their activities across Wales.”
RWE npower renewables has been working closely with Landrillo College in North Wales, as well as representatives from EU Skills and the National Skills Academy for Power to bring these apprentice opportunities to Wales.
The Large Scale Wind Apprenticeship programme was launched by Siemens in England in 2011 and attracted over 1,500 applicants, and the Welsh scheme is expected to be just as popular.
The programme is also of interest to other companies in Wales. ISOFab, a mechanical engineering contractor based in Treherbert in the Rhondda, is offering two further apprentice positions through the scheme, making a total of eight appointed through the renewables sector.