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New apprenticeship scheme for wind turbine technicians

A NEW apprenticeship programme for wind turbine technicians has been launched by RWE npower renewables.

The Large Scale Wind Apprenticeship scheme will appoint six trainees who will complete a three year course and work on some of the company’s flagship projects including Gwynt y Môr based at the Port of Mostyn in Flintshire.

The positions were announced at the Renewables UK Cymru Conference in Cardiff last week and have been welcomed by the First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones.

He 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.”

The Large Scale Wind Apprenticeship programme was launched by Siemens in England in 2011 and attracted more than 1,500 applicants, and the Welsh scheme is expected to be just as popular.

During the apprenticeship participants will spend two years at Llandrillo College studying at its multi-million pound Renewable Energy Centre in Conwy, and one year on site getting hands-on experience working on wind turbines.

Candidates are now invited to submit application forms online at www.npower-renewables.com. The next steps will be to short list a selection of candidates for an assessment centre, prior to making the final selection for the scheme.