Successful collaboration launches training facility
A new 27-metre high training facility – the UK’s first wind turbine training tower – has officially been opened
A new 27-metre high training facility – the UK’s first wind turbine training tower – has officially been opened. The tower is the result of a collaborative training partnership, backed by Regional Development Agency, One North East, between Northumberland College, Mainstream Renewable Power and Narec. It is an open access facility, designed to allow education and training providers to deliver academic and industrial training programmes for technicians working in the wind industry and at height, both onshore and offshore.
The skills gap is a key issue for the UK as it ramps up wind generating capacity offshore over the next ten years and this collaboration will lead to an increase in the number of technicians suitably qualified to install, operate and maintain new and existing farms. The tower will help to develop the necessary skills competences required for working within the industry.
This latest infrastructure investment builds on Narec’s existing demonstration capabilities and will allow it to fully support the wind industry as it creates a global hub for offshore wind technology and wider renewables development, testing and demonstration.