Two new apprentice positions launched for Galloper Offshore Wind Farm
February 18, 2021
- Local young people invited to apply for wind turbine technician apprenticeships
- Closing date is the 19th March 2021
- Three-year training towards professional qualifications in wind turbine maintenance
Galloper Wind Farm has opened recruitment for two new wind turbine technician apprentices. The three-year apprentice scheme will include two years classroom based learning at a bespoke Wind Turbine training facility at Llandrillo College, Rhos on Sea in North Wales. The apprenticeship scheme is run by RWE Renewables and the successful applicants will be part of a cohort of eleven apprentices from around the UK. The third year of training will consist of on-site learning at Galloper Offshore Wind Farm and its Operations & Maintenance Facility in Harwich.
If successful, the apprentices will qualify with an NVQ level 3 in wind turbine operations and maintenance and a level 3 diploma in wind turbine maintenance. The trainees will be provided with a comprehensive and well supported learning programme including classroom-based learning and experience on-site working with Galloper technicians. They will learn to carry out all aspects of wind turbine maintenance including scheduled, unscheduled, proactive, and troubleshooting maintenance on offshore wind turbines.
The closing date for applications is the 19th of March 2021 and the full-time, fixed term contract will start in September this year.
Galloper Operations & Maintenance Manager, Sean Chenery said: “Our current apprentices, Eve, Rosie and Thomas, are a great example of just how important it is to continue to attract new and diverse talent into the offshore wind sector. All three fought off stiff competition from around 70 other applicants when we launched our first apprentice recruitment drive in 2019 and all are from the local area around the Galloper Operations & Maintenance base.
He added: “Given how sought after these positions are and how buoyant the offshore wind sector is, we expect a similar level of interest this year. The successful candidates will have a minimum of five GCSE’s at C or above including Science and Maths or equivalent and once trained they will be working at sea, in all weathers and at height, using heavy, complex mechanical and electrical equipment. Health and safety is a key focus at all times.”
Candidates can apply via the RWE website on https://www.group.rwe/en/rwe-careers-portal/job-offers/details?id=31703-en_GB or the Galloper website on: http://www.galloperwindfarm.com/working-with-us/#jobs
Galloper Offshore Wind Farm is a 353MW project located 27km off the coast of Suffolk. The estimated average annual generation expected at the site is equivalent to the approximate domestic needs of more than 380,000 average UK households.1 The project O&M base is in Harwich International Port and opened in 2019. It is supporting the wind farm for its anticipated operational life-time of twenty plus years.
Image caption: L-R Current Galloper apprentices Rosie Underhill, Thomas Bryant and Eve Dupuy in 2019
1 – Energy predicted to be generated is derived using wind speeds monitored in the local area and correlating to historical weather data providing longer term data. The calculations are based on an installed capacity of 353 MW. The energy capture predicted and hence derived homes equivalent or emissions savings figures may change as operational data are gathered. Equivalent homes supplied is based on an annual electricity consumption per home of 4100 kWh. This figure is supported by recent domestic electricity consumption data available from The Digest of UK Energy Statistics and household figures from the UK National Statistics Authority.