The Apprenticeship Working Group has set a target for 2.5% of the employed offshore wind workforce to be from/ on apprenticeship schemes by 2030 (equating to roughly 3000 apprentices in the sector). In 2020 there were approximately 1.8% apprentices in the workforce. The working group is looking at ways to improve the numbers in the industry including a potential offshore wind industry apprenticeship programme. A review of how apprenticeships are delivered within industry is currently underway with the Apprenticeship Working Group.
The offshore wind industry has committed to 2.5% of its employed workforce to being apprentices. The industry is currently working to attract more diversity in both gender and ethnicity, particularly in the engineering and technical apprenticeships.
A few apprenticeships are at degree level, for people transferring into the sector from other sectors (e.g. military or oil & gas) at senior levels. The majority of apprenticeships are technical ones delivered in coastal colleges where much of the manufacturing, construction, manufacturing and operations & maintenance activities are focused e.g. Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Grimsby, Newcastle etc.
An example of a typical technical apprenticeship is Maintenance and Engineering Operations Technician (MOET) an NVQ level 3 standard, which is usually a 3 year programme for engineering and manufacturing roles.
The industry also recruits for non-technical apprenticeship, such as accounting, business and administration.
APPRENTICESHIPS IN SCOTLAND
ESP is a collaboration of Scotland’s colleges and industry partners established to increase Scotland’s capability and capacity to deliver the right skills for the energy, engineering and construction sectors to meet industry demand.
As the college sector agency for energy, engineering and construction it works a cohesive partnership across Scotland’s colleges to demonstrate a responsiveness and collective capability to provide the skills required by industry. For more information see the ESP Scotland website.
Onshore Enabling and Cable Civils Package Manager, RWE Renewables
My apprenticeship provided me with the sound practical experience and a foundation of understanding with which to further my academic potential and really develop my Engineering career. I am proud to work at RWE in the renewables industry, knowing that each day I am using my skills and experience to overcome challenges that ultimately improve the way in which we interact with the world that we all live in.
The Government apprenticeship websites have more information on how to become, or how to hire an apprentice. You can browse apprenticeships available by interest, and follow the employer guides, which will take you through the process of setting up apprenticeships within your company. Please see the England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland websites for the relevant opportunities and guidance for you.