A top TV programme has highlighted offshore work in North Tyneside.
Leading industrial trainer AIS has been working with children’s TV show Blue Peter to highlight the skills needed to work in some of the world’s most extreme environments.
Presenter Radzi Chinyanganya and the production team visited AIS’s North Shields training village to undertake training for the offshore wind industry.
Radzi and the team completed courses with AIS over several days to learn health and safety skills.
As well as finding out how to survive at sea in an emergency, the team learnt how to climb and escape from the top of a turbine using AIS’s 30-metre training tower.
Radzi said: “Kids watching Blue Peter may end up with a career in the wind industry and we wanted to give them an insight into something they may not otherwise find out about.”
The experiences were broadcast on Thursday, November 26, and Thursday, December 3.
AIS trains 17,500 people from all around the world at its state-of-the-art training village, which is spread over two acres, and includes an onsite hotel and specialist skills centres for rope access, painting and blasting, welding, rigging, emergency response, CompEx electrical and sea survival.
As well as providing skills and competency training for the wind industry, AIS specialises in qualifications for the oil and gas, petrochemical, maritime and heavy industry sectors and offers more than 150 different courses.
Dave Bowyer, director of training at AIS, said: “It was great to welcome Blue Peter to AIS and our instructors were overjoyed to receive their highly-coveted Blue Peter badges. It’s good to see Blue Peter raising awareness of the industry to future generations.”