Open day for industry jobs

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A training provider is throwing open its doors at a special event for jobseekers.

Maersk Training will highlight the range of courses and training it provides for the wind and renewables sector at an open day on Thursday, September 4, from 10am to 4pm.

The event is taking place at the Assembly Rooms in Fenkle Street, Newcastle, and is part of a drive to fill vacancies in the wind industry.

Representatives from Maersk Training, Job Centre, National Careers Service, South Tyneside Council and various employers from within the wind industry will be in attendance.

The diploma is taught by industry experts such as Paul Richards, an ex-army engineer who was hired by Maersk Training after he completed the level 2 diploma with flying colours.

The 44-year-old said: “I was really looking for a way back into engineering when I heard about the Maersk diploma.

“Thankfully, a lot of my basic skills from the Army were still useful so the diploma really acted as a sort of transfer course for me but it was interesting to see how the industry has moved on over the last decade and to update my knowledge.”

“It became clear that Maersk is a world leader in this area and that made me all the more excited to complete the course.”

Paul joined and completed Maersk Training’s inaugural ‘Staying Safe in the Wind Turbine Environment (onshore and offshore)’ level 2 diploma last year, securing a place on the course just two days before the start date.

With his background in engineering, including ten-and-a-half years in in the Army and three years within local industry, Paul sailed through the 12 week course and was snapped up when Maersk Training came to expand its roster of instructors.