Dundee and Angus College is excited to play a key role in the business support ecosystem as we begin to move forward with the recovery of the local economy. Its partnership with Dundee’s Coast Renewable Services Ltd has led to the introduction of a new training course designed specifically to support the creation of a workforce of competent wind turbine technicians both in the Tay Cities region and abroad.
Based at the new purpose-built Skills Academy that sits within Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc, the College will offer the Global Wind Organisations (GWO) basic technical training course, which is designed to increase the number of skilled technicians. Meanwhile Coast Renewables will provide the GWO basic safety training qualification.
Caryn Gibson, Economics Partnership Manager at D&A College, says, “The College is delighted to be part of this collaboration in the hope that we can develop a strong future workforce that will be required for several major upcoming renewables projects. Our passion is the people of Dundee and Angus and we hope that projects like this can help create local jobs that can provide life-long careers for them.”
Stephen McGregor and Stephen Swinley, who have been leading on the project on behalf of D&A College, say, “We have thoroughly enjoyed working in partnership with Coast Renewables Services and it’s fantastic to see the project coming to fruition. Our engineering section has worked hard to upskill staff internally to be able to bring this course to life for our local people and we look forward to welcoming the first cohort when the doors open later in the year.”
This collaboration will also assist with Modern Apprentice routes, providing interviews for students and placement opportunities.
Dundee and Angus College is moving away from traditional thinking and focussing much more on careers not courses. It wants the people of the Dundee and Angus region to be better informed and prepared for the career options available to them, no matter what stage they are at.