Unemployed people in North Tyneside are being offered free places on a new training course designed to help them take advantage of job opportunities in the thriving offshore wind energy market.
The diploma has been developed by Newcastle-based Maersk Training and lasts approximately ten weeks.
Essential safety skills needed to work in an offshore wind turbine environment, including working at height, manual handling, sea survival and fire awareness are all covered by the course.
Everyone who successfully completes the course will receive a Maersk Training diploma in Staying Safe in the Wind Turbine Environment.
Sean Green, instructor at Maersk Training said: “Tough economic times mean unemployment rates are high in our region.
Encouragingly, the offshore and wind energy sectors are expanding at a very fast pace si there are countless opportunities out there for people seeking employment and looking to get into a thriving industry but learning these safety skills is a vital prerequisite.
This is a great chance to offer people who might not otherwise be financially able to improve their prospects, and opportunity to get their foot on the ladder and gain a valued qualification.”
Karen Watson, employer adviser for Jobcentre Plus in North Tyneside said: “Jobcentre Plus are excited to be working with Maersk Training to help local people gain access to the skills and training required for employment within the growing wind industry.
“We work with a number of training organisations and businesses to equip jobseekers with the skills employers need and I am sure this opportunity will appeal to many looking to find out more about the energy sector.”
A pilot course starts on Monday, July 1, with places available for up to 40 people.
Anyone interested should contact Emma Pattison at Maersk Training on (0191) 296 6895 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.