FAQs

Interested in learning more about how to get in the offshore wind sector? Then our FAQs page has many answers to some of the most popular questions we are asked.

A: Companies prefer school leavers to have spent a year at college studying an engineering discipline and gaining some employment skills before they apply for positions and apprenticeships. You will need to be at least 18 years of age by the end of the course.

A: There is a suite of compulsory qualifications that everyone needs to have to enter the industry. The more of these you have the more attractive you will be to a prospective employer.

A: The Centre works closely with partner companies including ScottishPower Renewables, Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm and 3sun Group. These employers are involved in the programme and offer to interview candidates and help them plan their careers. There is no guarantee of a job at the end of the course, but the future pipeline of offshore wind farms demands an expanding pool of skilled labour. Candidates are given as much help and support to seek, apply for and interview for jobs.

A: The courses are currently financed via a grant. However in the future some fees may apply. As part of East Coast College you may be able to access learner support funds dependent on your individual circumstances and qualifying criteria.

A: The College will not meet your travel expenses to and from the venue. However you may be entitled to help from the Jobcentre. Please speak to them for details.

A: Clothing should be smart but practical as the course has physical elements. Any specialist equipment and PPE will be provided.

A: We work to a maximum of 12 places per group.

A: You will need a Level 2 or higher Maths, English and Engineering qualification to take part in the transition course. There is also a suite of tests, these include: medical, physical, mental aptitude and drugs testing.

A: You will need Level 2 or higher Maths and English and pass a suite of tests to assess your suitability for the course and working as a wind technician. These include: medical, physical, mental aptitude and drugs testing.

A: There is no work experience involved, but elements of the course provide experience of the working environment, for example working at height, in confined spaces and sea survival.

A: You will receive support with CV writing, interview skills and where and how to look for work. On completion of the course, candidates are promoted to local employers via the Centre.

A: All recruitment depends on the positions available at the end of the course. Employers are sponsoring places on the course, not individual candidates, but will keep in close touch with the tutors and progress of all candidates.

A: Wind farm technician and other related roles.

A: Tens of thousands of new jobs will be created as offshore wind becomes the backbone of a clean, reliable and affordable energy system. Offshore wind is now a mainstream source of power with plenty of opportunities for people looking for well-paid, long term jobs. It’s a young sector looking to attract enthusiastic, hard-working people who care about what they do, and want to make a difference by helping to clean up the way power is generated.