Renewable Energy Centre of Excellence Opens

AIS's new £1m offshore training village in North Shields, UK, has been launched to provide then necessary skills for workers in the fast growing wind industry and will have the capacity to train around 17,500 people a year in skills such as working at height, sea survival and first aid.

The centre, built on a 6,000 sq ft industrial site in the North East of the country, has a 15-metre high climbing and rescue platform including 12 stations with vertical safety systems alongside three technical engineering areas. The new facility has been specifically designed to re-create conditions found on real wind turbines and help educate third party crews techniques in working at height, rescuing injured workers and escaping in an emergency from a wind tower.

Amanda Vaughan, a rope access technician with GEV Wind Power, has already experienced training at the new facilitty and said: “It is really exciting to be at the forefront of an industry that is moving forward so quickly and it is so important to learn these skills so I can work on wind turbines safely.”

The site, which complements AIS's firm’s existing 150,000 sq ft offshore training complex, receives delegates from across the UK and are able to take advantage of the organisation's own 40-bed hotel and restaurant. AIS's director of training and education, David Bowyer, said: “There are around 33,000 people employed in the onshore and offshore wind sector currently and it's estimated that by 2020, around 88,000 people will be required. AIS is not just about training employees but also about trying to embed a safety culture within them.”

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