A leading offshore training company is helping develop a new centre in Lincolnshire.
North Shields-based AIS Training is developing a state-of-the-art facility for the wind industry at the world-renowed CATCH training centre near Immingham, north of Grimsby.
We see enormous potential for Immingham to be the global leader in renewable energy skillsDave Bowyer, director of training and education at AIS
The new centre expects to train more than 15,000 delegates annually for the fast-growing wind sector, with bosses hoping it will be open in 12 weeks.
The centre will feature a 30 metre high wind turbine training tower, climbing and rescue platform with 12 stations incorporating vertical fall-arrest safety systems, a mock nacelle and three technical engineering areas.
AIS Training will recreate realistic training scenarios which prepare individuals for the hazards of working on a wind turbine.
The finished facility will work with industry and individuals alike to provide careers advice, guidance and to develop training programmes.
Dave Bowyer, director of training and education at AIS, said: “North East Lincolnshire and the wider Humber sub-region is widely acknowledged as being at the heart of the fast-growing offshore wind industry so Immingham was our first choice when deciding where to locate our brand-new multi million pound renewable energy training village.
“AIS Training has an exceptional record of helping people into work by developing competent and talented workers with the appropriate skill sets for industry.
“We see enormous potential for Immingham to be the global leader in renewable energy skills and competency training worldwide and we are very excited to help the city fulfil its potential.
“Working in the wind sector requires very specific skills such as inspecting and repairing wind turbine blades at eye-watering heights.
“Our training puts industry-skills such as working at height in context for wind professionals so that when they go into the field they are well equipped to cope with any eventuality.”
Katie Hedges, interim chief executive of HFC CATCH, said: “We are delighted to attract such significant investment to CATCH.
“It’s ten years since we launched the facility and this major investment is testament to our growing importance in the preparation of tomorrow’s workforce.
“AIS is a proven company with an international reputation for excellence – it’s great to have them here.”
Angela Blake, director of economy and growth for North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “AIS Training’s decision to locate to North East Lincolnshire is fantastic news for the Humber area and will help to put the region at the very forefront of skills development for the global wind industry.”