Training helps trio breeze into new job

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A dozen careers have taken off in the wind industry thanks to a North Shields training firm.

Johnny Chung, Shane Taylor and Michael Weightman have breezed into jobs around the world thanks to Maersk Training.

The trio completed the firm’s ‘Staying Safe in the Wind Turbine Environment (onshore and offshore)’ level 2 diploma.

Johnny will be US firm Boston Energy’s latest wind turbine technician; Shane starts work at Holleman Heavy Lift in Romania as a trainee wind turbine technician; and Michael joins Windhoist as an electrician.

They follow in the footsteps of Stewart Brown, who took up a role as lead electrician with Ainscough Wind Energy Service; Michael Rennie who secured a position with Skyform; and Anthony Davis and Arron Morton who are working in Inverness.

Six further graduates, including two ex-military personnel, will be taking their places across the west coast of England.

Shane, 37, said: “The diploma has proven to be a valuable life changing achievement. I have gained extensive training which you cannot get on any other training course and this has led me into a career with a well-established company.”

Johnny, 27, said; “The Maersk level 2 diploma operates over a 12-week period.

“It took just ten weeks for Maersk to help me achieve my goal of starting a career within the renewable energy sector with a superior level of qualifications and competency.”

The 12-week diploma course offers additional CV and employment support. Competencies include working in confined spaces, electrical awareness, working at height, manual handling, sea survival, first aid and fire awareness.

Michael, 33, said: “From the beginning I was given guidance on how to create a CV, improve my interaction and interview techniques and shown how to enter the world of networking.

“I believe this will be the beginning of a long and rewarding career within the renewable and wind industry.”