The college launched its renewable training courses in 2009, the
first of its kind in the UK. The courses were developed by the
college in partnership with several UK and European renewables
training agencies and organisations to implement a European
industry standard qualification for operational skills in the wind
energy sector for both on-shore and off-shore.
The courses are validated by German based training institute
BZEE (the pioneer of wind energy training) and the Global Wind
From February the college will run three renewables courses from
the Blyth base. The Level 2 qualification is designed for those
with no previous engineering background who wish to pursue a career
in the wind energy sector. There are also two Level 3 courses aimed
at trained electrical or mechanical engineers looking for a career
change into wind energy, or engineers working in the wind energy
sector who would like to upgrade their skills and
The college has had a strong relationship with the Port of Blyth
for a number of years, with the Port delivering several aspects of
the renewables training including lifting and slinging techniques.
This latest development may lead to a longer term relationship that
it is hoped will complement current development plans for
The training facilities at the port include a state-of-the-art
27m high climbing tower for specific 'working at height' training
and purpose built workshops housing two large dismantled turbines
(Nacelles) for training student technicians in how to service and
maintain the wind turbines.
Combining the college training centre with all these facilities
in one place will create a ground breaking 'wind hub' training
concept which will ensure graduates are job ready. The courses have
a great success rate with over 90% of graduates securing jobs in
the wind industry.
Stuart Cutforth, Principal and Chief Executive at the college,
said: "This is a very exciting new partnership for the college. The
renewables sector continues to be a growth industry and the college
is dedicated to providing training to meet the skills needs of the
industry. The new base at the Port of Blyth and the organisations
skills in the sector will further enhance this."
Martin Lawlor, Chief Executive at Port of Blyth, said: "We are
delighted that Northumberland College are moving to the Port which
will only enhance Blyth's growing reputation as both a handling and
training hub for the renewables sector."
There are renewables courses starting from the Port of Blyth
site in February 2014. To enrol call 01670 841200, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.northumberland.ac.uk