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EMPLOYING APPRENTICES


APPRENTICES VISIT GREEN BRITAIN CENTRE


8 HETA Apprentices recently visited Ecotricity’s Green Britain centre in Norfolk, a fantastic renewable facility to experience some first class training as part of their apprenticeship.


The centre is home to the UKs first megawatt class wind turbine as well as The Greenbird, the world’s fastest wind powered vehicle, one of Britain’s largest solar trackers and a wind turbine blade famously reported to have been detached by a UFO!


OBJECTIVE


The reason for the visit was the culmination of a week-long working at heights course run by Wind Turbine Technicians from Ecotricity's service centre in Louth. One of whom is himself an ex-HETA apprentice.


TAKING THE LEAD HETA has become the first training provider in the region to offer City & Guilds Wind Turbine Technician apprenticeships to its clients and this year are training 8 young people in this exciting and challenging career.


They will complete a year on site at HETAs training centre at CATCH, Stallingborough learning a mixture of practical and theory skills in Electrical, Mechanical & Instrumentation skills.


The training will also include access to full operational turbines to enable the apprentices to experience some live maintenance as part of their training. In summer 2015 the apprentices will join their companies full time and work towards achieving their NVQ Level 3.


AMAZING EXPERIENCE


HETA Business Development & Marketing Manager James McIntosh said “The training that this group of apprentices are receiving is fantastic and an amazing experience that they will use to forge a career in the renewables industry.


“They have an enviable opportunity of being the first group of HETA Apprentices who will complete the City & Guilds Wind Turbine Technician Apprenticeship – a nationally recognised industry standard. We hope that the success with these 3 companies grow and we can train even more wind turbine apprentices for other companies as the industry develops further.”


HETA


From back left clockwise Matthew, Kyle, Connor, Josh, Lewis, Emma, James and Josh about to climb into the nacelle of a functional wind turbine.


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