The Employment and Skills Forum, which attracted around fifty
business leaders from across the region, saw guest speakers
including the Chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership,
Andrew Hodgson, Head of Port Training Service, Colin Bassam and
George Rafferty from NOF Energy as well as representatives from
Northumberland College including, Chair of Governors, Jacqui
Henderson CBE, Academy Director of Engineering and Construction,
Muhsin Jumaa, and Principal and CEO, Marcus Clinton highlight the
needs and provision for workforce in the renewables industry.
Attendees were also given the opportunity to visit
Northumberland College's purpose-built training centre, which
includes dedicated workshops for renewables training.
Courses on offer by Northumberland College are developed in
conjunction with industry and European partners to ensure that
students gain necessary experience and qualifications set for a
career in the renewables and engineering sector.
These include Level 3 BZEE Wind Turbine Technician Studies - a
course where 90% of students go on to work in the window power
industry within 12 months.
Marcus Clinton, Principal and CEO of Northumberland College
said: "Our courses consist of practical training produced by the
industry for the industry and are designed to equip the future
workforce with knowledge for further development of wind power.
"These renewables courses get students to fully qualified
wind technician status and straight into employment."
In the North East Engineering industry, 40,000 people are
employed within engineering occupations and industry forecasts
predict this future will remain steady through to 2020.
The UK government is committed to 15% of all
energy to be sourced by renewables by 2020.
To find out more about our courses in renewables visit www.northumberland.ac.uk