Ørsted Opens Apprenticeship Applications in UK
Leading offshore wind developer Ørsted has opened applications for its wind turbine technician apprenticeships in the UK for the sixth year running.
The programme spans three and a half years and sees apprentices studying locally for their first year before taking up placements across the company and also getting hands-on experience working offshore at one of Ørsted’s twelve UK offshore wind farms during their second and third years.
Jack Taylor, a second-year Apprentice Wind Turbine Technician, said: ”I am in my final year of my apprenticeship, and recently been awarded Apprentice of the Year at my college. The team at Ørsted is so fantastic to be part of. I’ve really enjoyed learning new skills and working as part of a great team. I’m proud to be working in such a thriving industry that’s combating climate change and making a real difference.”
Last year, the company had nearly 1,000 people apply and took on a cohort of turbine technician apprentices who are now studying their first year at either the Grimsby Institute for Further and Higher Education or at Furness College in Barrow.
With a minimum age limit of 16 for applicants, there’s no maximum age for people to apply for an apprenticeship with Ørsted.
The company asks for applicants to have three GSCEs 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.
”We’re really proud to be opening the apprentice programme for the sixth year running. You don’t have to have experience, we’re looking for people with lots of passion, and great teamwork skills. This is a great opportunity for people who want to be involved in the green energy revolution,” Rob Howes, Lead Apprentice Specialist said.
In the UK, Ørsted has hired 39 wind turbine technician apprentices since starting its programme in 2017. All nine apprentices who have completed their course so far are now full-time employees of Ørsted, the company said.
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