Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Renewables Academy

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Renewables Academy

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NEWCASTLE College has responded to the growing need for high-level skills in the renewable energies sector with the creation of a dedicated state-of-the-art training academy. Based on the North Bank of the Tyne - a major area of growth for businesses in the renewable energies sector - the centre will be a hub for offshore wind and wind technologies, as well as delivering training in other forms of renewable energies technology. The Renewable Energies Academy is being developed in partnership with Shepherd Offshore Group as part of its continued investment to create a world-class manufacturing, training and R&D centre of the North Bank of the Tyne.

This area has already attracted world-class manufacturing organisations in the offshore energy sectors and the addition of a dedicated facility to meet the training needs of the renewable market will enhance the chances of further major job creation.

Building works have now begun on the Renewable Energies Academy, with courses expected to start from September 2011. The Academy will deliver qualifications from Level 2 through to degree in renewable energy technologies, manufacturing and maintenance and it will also include apprenticeships at all levels Additionally, the academy will work closely with SMEs by responding to any training and research requirements, including supporting an infrastructure to develop major components for the wind generator assemblies. Once complete, the 20,000sqft centre will provide skills training for the renewable energies sector, helping to bridge the skills gap and providing a hub of expertise for young people developing a career, and employers wishing to up-skill their workforce in one of the major growing priority sectors in the country.

The plans were developed with support and involvement of employers in the renewables sector, including, Shepherd Offshore, Duco Ltd, BEL Valves Ltd and Clipper Windpower. The main project finances have been provided by Newcastle College, with an additional contribution from One North East. …

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