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3sun Group specialises in installation, maintenance and servicing of wind turbines and has collectively installed more than 4000 turbines during its 15 years in the wind industry. The company is currently inspecting more than 70% of the UK’s existing offshore wind capacity and has significant experience within multiple countries and regions, including numerous projects in the Humber area.


NEW HULL BASE


In May this year, 3sun Group opened a new base in Hull to meet the demand for installation, inspection and maintenance services for the offshore wind industry in the UK and Europe. The Group began recruitment in July, with a focus on utilising local skills and talent in order to meet client requirements in the area. Gary Horner, Renewables Operations


Co-ordinator commented: “We’re fortunate to have worked on some major projects in Hull and Grimsby this year, including turbine pre-assemblies, full mechanical electrical completions, yaw claw retrofits and general servicing. Our capabilities for servicing and maintenance continue to expand and allow us to offer a full turnkey solution for renewables projects. “The opening of our base in Hull also enables us to continue to advance our long-term growth plans but most importantly, ensures that we carry on exceeding our customers’ expectations and meeting the demand for services in the region.”


IN-HOUSE TRAINING PROVIDER


3sun Group has the capability of providing specialist training to new employees, through in-house training provider 3sun Academy. It is also an accredited provider of the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) certificates, which are essential qualifications for those working within the wind industry.


Gary continued: “Our Academy plays a vital role in providing opportunities and experiences for local talent, which will ultimately help to remedy the current skills shortage in the industry. We’re committed to employing and developing a local workforce, in particular our core electrical/ mechanical technician roles, utilising the expertise of those who live in close proximity to Hull and have a good knowledge of the area.


“Safety is our first priority in all of our operations so our in-house GWO training allows us to ensure that all new personnel are fully qualified with essential safety skills for renewable projects.”


Offshore wind is a growing market, with the sector set to exceed previous levels of growth. Great Yarmouth-based 3sun Group, is a provider of products and services to the global energy industry and believes that ongoing local recruitment is crucial to meeting project demand for operational sustainability into next year and beyond.


YOUNG TALENT COMMITMENT


3SUN GROUP IS COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING THE NEXT GENERATION OF YOUNG INDUSTRY TALENT.


3sun Group is committed to supporting the next generation of young industry talent and pioneered a new way of training and developing young people through its innovative Pre-Apprenticeship Programme. In affiliation with Great Yarmouth College, 3sun Group’s two- year programme is based around a 40 hour working week and is designed to address the balance between practical, theoretical and work-based learning. It offers technical skills in the form of BTEC units, practical skills through engineering operations and work placements. The programme has the ability to shorten the timescales for young professionals entering skilled work and exposes them to realistic working environments in all areas of an offshore business. Last year’s intake had the opportunity to gain hands-on experience on a number of projects including wind turbines, a wind energy museum and a steam-powered herring drifter.


FUTURE LOCAL RECRUITMENT


Gary added: “We continue to recruit locally as we look forward to 2017 and prepare for projects on three major windfarms in the Humber region. We’re keen to hear from time served electricians and mechanical technicians, as well as apprentices. These kinds of pre-assembly projects are ideal for apprentices starting their careers in the industry, as they offer hands-on, practical experience which enables them to progress into technician roles in the future.


“Providing opportunities for the next generation remains an important part of our ethos and we have approximately 30 apprentices who are now integrated into every element of the Group through our training initiatives.”


Looking to the future, Gary concluded: “As the current industry climate improves and further proposed windfarms come to fruition, we hope that the region will continue to play a key role in offshore renewables projects, leading to a steady stream of employment opportunities in the area and an increasingly thriving economy.”


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