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Local apprenticeship boost from East Anglia ONE windfarm

18/06/2020

People from across East Anglia have a chance to secure a job in the offshore wind industry thanks to ScottishPower Renewables which is launching a new apprentice recruitment drive for its East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm. 

The leading wind energy producer is seeking individuals with a passion for science, maths, engineering, problem solving and those with good communication skills and a strong team ethic to serve as mechatronics maintenance apprentice technicians on the windfarm being developed 30 miles off the Suffolk coast.

Based at East Coast College Lowestoft campus, the two long-term apprenticeships are open to those with four GCSEs A-C/4-9 grades in English, Maths and Science. The three-year programme will see the successful applicants receive on the job learning and unique work experience opportunities, which will bring classroom studies, such as programming and mechanical assembly, to life. 

Charlie Jordan, Project Director at ScottishPower Renewables for East Anglia ONE, said: “Through our East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm we are continuing to deliver by providing jobs and skills training to important areas such as Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth. 

“These apprenticeships are fantastic opportunities for those looking to start their careers, learning whilst earning as part of one of the largest offshore windfarms in the world. 

“East Anglia ONE is a long-term project that will bring benefits to future generations, enabling the UK to meet its net zero target and achieve a better future, quicker, for all.” 

The apprentices will be based at East Anglia ONE’s state-of-the-art new operations and maintenance building at Hamilton Dock, Lowestoft; a key part of a £25million investment made by ScottishPower Renewables into the port. The apprentice recruitment drive comes on the back of the offshore wind industry target announced in March to employ 3,000 new apprentices across the industry by 2030. 

Steven Hodger, principal site manager for East Anglia ONE at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “We are seeking two enthusiastic apprentices to join our East Anglia ONE team and be a part of an industry which is bringing real change in how our lives are powered through facilitating the transition from fossil fuels to cleaner, green energy sources,” 

“With East Anglia ONE and our future East Anglia Hub projects, we have a pipeline of decades of operational activities. Investing in our future workforce is paramount to attaining the skilled personnel we require to operate our windfarms and we are keen to continue providing long-term career opportunities for local people. 

“Everyone in our East Anglia ONE operations and maintenance team is local to the area and we are looking forward to welcoming further recruits from the community into our East Anglia ONE family.”

Officially opened in October 2019, the operations and maintenance base is a hive of activity, serving as the ‘home’ of the East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm, with up to 100 full-time employees, including skilled engineers and technicians, supporting day-to-day operations from the base. 

To register interest for the apprenticeships or any jobs within ScottishPower Renewables offshore division please visit: 

Located 43km off the Suffolk coast, East Anglia ONE is a joint venture between ScottishPower Renewables and Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG). The £2.5 billion project could provide enough clean energy to power the equivalent of more than 630,000 homes annually*. It is the first of four offshore windfarms ScottishPower Renewables is developing in the region. 

For more information about East Anglia ONE visit:

 
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