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RECRUITMENT


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Ex oil & gas workers Carl Hills, left, and Bryan Marshall, retrained and are now working the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm


NEW WIND CAREERS FOR OIL & GAS WORKERS


Redundant oil & gas workers are among more than 100 new wind technicians taken on by industry leader 3sun Group since February in its ongoing recruitment campaign


The Great Yarmouth-based company has provided training and new careers for laid-off offshore workers anxious about the future of the industry, as well as roles for qualified wind technicians, in an unprecedented recruitment drive to service existing and new contracts.


GROWING NUMBERS


Employee numbers at 3sun Group have swelled to more than 400 and are rising, with its campaign attracting more than 1500 CVs for 250 interviews at a special six-hour recruitment event. The company is still recruiting technicians. Among its target groups for retraining are those from military backgrounds, the aerospace industry and other electrical and mechanical career backgrounds.


VARIED CONTRACT APPEAL


Some of the new recruits started work on 3sun’s contract with Siemens at its purpose- built pre-assembly base at Great Yarmouth port building the 56 towers for the 6MW turbines for the Galloper Offshore Windfarm. Others are employed on multi-client contracts around the UK and internationally on construction, installation and inspection of wind turbines.


LOCAL RECRUITMENT IS KEY


3sun Chief Executive Graham Hacon said local recruitment was key to the 3sun Group growth ethos: “It is important that, as a Great Yarmouth company, we recruit locally so our employees can live and work out of the area for our onshore and offshore projects all over the UK and internationally, in Germany and Denmark. Many of our roles come with opportunities to travel. “We are now seeing the real and lasting employment opportunities for local people that were spoken about at the outset. “It is especially gratifying to see people from the area providing local content for the Galloper wind farm and the community watching turbines taking shape with a ‘Made in Great Yarmouth’ stamp on them.”


3SUN ACADEMY


Former oil & gas worker Carl Hills, 46, from Lowestoft, is starting his new career as a wind technician on the team building the 90m-tall Galloper towers with former RAF serviceman-turned oil & gas worker Bryan Marshall. Within days of receiving their job


offers, they were completing training at the 3sun Academy, including Global


Wind Organisation (GWO) courses, working at height, safety passport, manual handling and first aid training demanded by the industry.


JOB FOR LIFE


Carl said he was hoping he had found a ‘job for life’. “Some of my skills from oil & gas have been transferable. I am a mechanic by trade, I have worked on oil rigs so working at height isn’t an issue. I am used to working abroad for long periods.” Through 3sun Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary Dawson Energy, a pioneer in the wind turbine market, the company has 15 years’ experience as a leading provider of skilled technicians for installation, inspection and operations and maintenance services of onshore and offshore wind turbines throughout the world, specialising in the UK, German and Danish markets. 3sun Group is still recruiting technicians.


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