Narec, The National Renewable Energy Centre, which is home to
world-leading research and testing facilities for the sale-up of
offshore renewable energy and marine technologies, has recruited
three multi-skilled technicians to work at its site along the river
Blyth in Northumberland.
The roles will involve assisting the technician team in
operational and maintenance tasks, encompassing the delivery of
test pieces such as wind turbine blades, drive trains and marine
energy devices for client requirements across Narec's
Amanda Lingwood, HR Business Partner at Narec said: "With the
roles being so specialised we felt it important to invest time and
resources equipping these individuals. As a result we decided to go
down the Apprenticeships route, providing these individuals with a
structured training programme and on-the-job experience, giving
them a great start in their chosen career.
"We see them as a long-term investment and have provided
permanent, full-time employment contracts to coincide with the
start date of their Apprenticeship training which will last for
The three successful candidates are Vinny Halliburton and
Matthew Eltringham, both 19 from Blyth and George Hedley, 18 from
Matthew said: "I was thrilled to find out I had been successful
in gaining the Apprenticeship with Narec, especially now I know how
many other people I was up against.
"I chose to do an Apprenticeship because I wanted to learn
on-the-job; I think it'll be a fantastic way to start my career.
I'm really enjoying it so far."
Should the three new recruits have any questions during their
training they can turn to colleague Philip Marshall, who was
recruited by Narec as an apprentice technician five years ago.
Philip has since completed his Apprenticeship with Northumberland
College and is now employed as a technician.
Philip, 25, from Bedlington said: "It's great to see another
intake of apprentices here at Narec. I was lucky enough to secure
employment at the end of my Apprenticeship and I think this is a
great opportunity for young people in the area. They will be
supported in their roles and I'm sure I will be able to guide them
through some difficult parts of their course."
Northumberland College offers Apprenticeships in over 40
different subjects and works with over 700 employers across the
region in a wide range of industry sectors.
The photo shows (L-R yellow jackets): Linda Weddell, Business
Development Officer at Northumberland College; Amanda Lingwood, HR
Business Partner at Narec; David Dudman Programme Area Leader for
Engineering at Northumberland College, (L-R orange jackets):
Apprentices Matthew Eltringham, George Hedley and Vinny