College's Wind Turbine Apprentices Work Offshore for the First Time
Wales’s latest intake of apprentice wind turbine technicians experienced working offshore for the first time this summer, after successfully completing the first year of college-based training at Wales' only Wind Turbine Training Centre, situated at Coleg Llandrillo’s Rhos-on-Sea campus.
The Grŵp Llandrillo Menai students completed the academic part of their three-year Wind Turbine Apprenticeship Programme before cutting their teeth on offshore wind turbines - Wales’ biggest renewable energy source - working with their prospective employers at two different sites.
During the past academic year, the training centre hosted eight RWE Renewables’ apprentices: four based at Triton Knoll in Lincolnshire and four from Liverpool Bay. After only one year, they have attained a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering and a C&G NVQ Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations.
Entering their second year, they will now undertake a C&G Diploma in Wind Turbine Maintenance (Technical Knowledge) and additional units to the NVQ Level 2.
Due to the success of the college’s award-winning apprenticeship programme, RWE Renewables has announced that from this month (September), 11 more of its apprentices from across the UK will start their training at the college.
Coleg Llandrillo’s Wind Turbine trainer & assessor Mark McDonough said: “We are very pleased to continue working in partnership with RWE Renewables to train young persons for the ever-growing renewable power industry. We have a proven successful apprenticeship programme for hydro, offshore, and onshore wind power and look forward to many more years working with RWE Renewables.”
The first ever cohort of trainee wind turbine technicians - who were selected out of over 660 applicants after a rigorous selection process taking many months - started their training at Coleg Llandrillo’s Rhos-on-Sea campus in September 2012.
For more information on Wind Turbine apprenticeships at Coleg Llandrillo, please contact the college’s Learner Services team on 01492 542 338.