Plans are unveiled for a £1m training facility

Paul Stonebanks, managing director at AIS.
Paul Stonebanks, managing director at AIS.

An offshore technology company is investing £1m in expanding its training facilities.

AIS Training is expanding its training village on Orion Business Park to create a new state-of-the-art renewable energy centre for the wind sector.

The new £1million centre will deliver the full suite of technical skills and competency training required by the wind and renewables sectors, creating 12 new jobs in the process.

Paul Stonebanks, managing director at AIS, said: “Our new renewable energy facility will rival the very best in the world and will put the north East at the forefront of skills and competency training for the global wind energy sector.

“At AIS we are seeing massive customer demand for well-qualified wind industry professionals as a result of new offshore wind projects.

“Our new facility will enable us to accommodate this increased demand and help plug skills shortages.”

“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.

“We’ve listened carefully to our customers who tell us that cost is the number one consideration when training staff.

“By building the renewable energy campus within our existing offshore training village – just around the corner from our onsite hotel – we can bring the overall training cost down for delegates.”

The new facilities will re-create the field conditions found on ‘real-life’ wind turbines enabling AIS to deliver realistic skills training and ultimately ‘work-ready’ personnel.

The centre also includes three state-of-the-art classrooms equipped with the latest Wi-Fi enabled IT systems and a central relaxation area.

The centre sits within AIS Training’s existing 150,000sq ft offshore training complex which delivers more than 90 industry accredited courses.

This will enable delegates to get all the mandatory skills required by the wind sector in one location, as well as giving them access to AIS’s new hotel and restaurant.

To find out more about AIS’s new renewable energy centre of excellence contact 0844 800 1810, visit or email Charlie Guthrie at