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Offshore Wind Turbine Technician Apprenticeship

It’s time to choose what kind of world you want to live in. Be the heart and soul of the energy revolution. Be the future and join RWE Renewables UK.

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Applications are now closed for 2022. We will provide information on the 2023 programmes in February 2023.

  • Education

Required qualifications

5 GCSE’s at grade 4 or above, including Science and Maths (or equivalent)

  • Time

Length of studies

3 years

  • Perspective

Location

Split between our North Wales training centre and Wind Farm site location

  • Salary

Salary

£14k rising to £21k throughout programme

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The RWE Wind Turbine Technician apprenticeship provides a fantastic opportunity to enter the growing world of renewable energy, and to earn whilst you learn.

The course offers a comprehensive and well supported learning programme, with a blend of classroom-based learning and time on site working with our technicians.

Our Wind Turbine Technicians work in teams dedicated to specific offshore wind farms. As part of your apprenticeship, you will learn how these teams operate, and about the many aspects of wind turbine maintenance. It is a rewarding job that allows you to work on highly advanced machinery in a challenging environment. You could be working at sea, in all weathers and at height, using heavy, complex mechanical and electrical equipment.

Maintenance service boat at offshore wind farm

Academically, completion of the programme will see you achieve:

  • NVQ level 3 in wind turbine operations and maintenance
  • Level 3 diploma in wind turbine maintenance

After this, you will be well equipped to become a part of our technician teams, where your hard work will ensure our wind farms continue to deliver power to households and business.

What will you learn at RWE?

  • You will be assigned to a specific wind farm, working on site and learning how the site operates.

  • You will work with expert wind turbine technicians, learning how to maintain wind turbines to the highest standards.

  • You will attend our North Wales training center, where you will complete your academic qualifications: 1. NVQ level 3 in wind turbine operations and maintenance + 2. Level 3 diploma in wind turbine maintenance

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RWE apprentices working in maintenance facility
Apprentice working in maintenance facility at RWE

What existing attributes do you need?

  • GCSE’s at grade 4 or above, including Science and Maths (or equivalent).

  • A strong desire to learn and embrace new challenges.

  • A desire to work in a ‘hands on’ environment, with the ability to work at sea & at height.

  • Willingness to work on a shift rotation.


This will be your salary

£14,353
Year 1
£17,547
Year 2
£21,718
Year 3

Benefits during the apprenticeship

  • Accommodation
Accommodation

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  • Travel costs
Travel Expenses

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  • Salary
Competitive Salary

Benefits during the apprenticeship

  • Mentorship
Mentorship Schemes

Benefits during the apprenticeship

  • Offshore boat
Travel offshore by boat or helicopter

Benefits during the apprenticeship

  • Health Service
Occupational Health Service

Benefits during the apprenticeship

  • Offshore safety training
Offshore safety training

More benefits of RWE

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Need more reasons on why RWE is a great place to work?

Visit our ‘Why RWE?’ page on rwe.com


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How to apply and what is the process?

  • We start recruiting once a year in the second week in February. Please go to our Job Search page and select which apprenticeship you would like to choose and click ‘apply,’ this enables you to fill out all of your details and upload a cover letter and CV. Please ensure you apply before the application closing date in March, (this date will be on the job advert).

  • If you are successfully going to the next stage you will receive a phone call to invite you to an assessment centre, the assessment centre is in May. By this time everyone will be notified if they are unsuccessful in the process.

  • The next step would be GWO Working at Height training with one of our training providers, and an offshore fitness assessment this will take place in June.

  • In June, you will be contacted to be told if you are successful for the role and the start date is September.


Apprenticeship Locations

All apprentices of the RWE Renewables UK Wind Turbine Technician Apprenticeship will be expected to study full time for the first 2 years at Llandrillo College, Rhos-on-Sea in North Wales during term time, before being deployed at an offshore windfarm for the 3rd year for hands-on experience.


Llandrillo College, Rhos-on-Sea in North Wales
Llandrillo College, Rhos-on-Sea in North Wales

Llandrillo College, Rhos-on-Sea in North Wales

RWE first established a relationship with Coleg Llandrillo in 2005 when the earliest wind farms in North Wales were constructed. It was our local college of choice for our wind turbine apprenticeship training programme, where over 30 apprentices have now successfully been trained. In 2020 we made the decision to make Coleg Llandrillo our national training hub and recruited a further 8 apprentices. This means that apprentices trained at the college now have the opportunity to work on our wind farms both in the local region and right across the UK. Coleg Llandrillo have also recently had planning permission approved for a new engineering centre with dedicated wind turbine training facilities, expected to be open by September 2023.

  • Offshore windfarms


    Galloper offshore wind farm
    Galloper offshore wind farm

    Galloper

    Galloper Offshore Wind Farm is a 353MW site, located 30km off the coast of Suffolk, close to its sister project Greater Gabbard Wind Farm. Each year Galloper Offshore Wind Farm’s 56 turbines generate enough green electricity to power the equivalent of more than 380,000 British homes.

    A 60-strong team operates and maintains the wind farm from a state-of-the-art, purpose-built Operations & Maintenance facility in Harwich International Port, with crew transfer vessels travelling to the wind farm site daily (weather permitting). The operations & maintenance (O&M) facility houses a control room for managing the wind farm 24/7, a purpose-built pontoon for the crew transfer vessels, warehousing and office facilities, and a gym. The O&M team includes wind turbine technicians, engineers, marine coordinators as well as management and administrative staff.


    Humber Gateway Offshore wind farm
    Humber Gateway Offshore wind farm

    Humber Gateway

    Operational since 2015, the Humber Gateway Wind Farm consists of 73 wind turbines, producing 219MW of energy. This is enough to supply 170,000 homes, equivalent to around one and a half times the size of nearby Hull. The operations & maintenance facility is located on the north quay of Grimsby Fish Dock, providing a home to the 30-strong operations team, as well as  the office space, equipment storage and vessel mooring required to manage the site.

    Rampion offshore wind farm
    Rampion offshore wind farm

    Rampion

    Operational since 2018, Rampion Offshore Wind Farm comprises 116 turbines on a 70 square kilometre site located between 13 and 20 kilometres off the Sussex coast in the English Channel. The 400MW site generates enough green electricity to power the equivalent of around 350,000 UK homes. This is equal to almost half of the homes in Sussex.

    The operation and maintenance of the wind farm are carried out from a purpose-built facility located on the East Quay at Newhaven Port. This is home to a team of 65, including apprentices, wind turbine technicians, engineers, marine workers and administrative staff, who manage the day-to-day running of the wind farm. To date, Rampion has taken on 10 apprentices, 4 of them already fully trained technicians. Eventually, around 25 per cent of Rampion’s technicians will have been trained as apprentices.


    Rhyl flats offshore wind farm
    Rhyl flats offshore wind farm

    Rhyl Flats

    Since entering operation in 2009, the 90MW Rhyl Flats Wind Farm has been providing enough green energy to power over 50,000 homes. The site is located 8km off the North Wales coast, towards the east end of the Constable Bank. A team fo 25, including apprentices, technicians, engineers, managers and other support staff run the site from an operations & maintenance facility located in the Port Of Mostyn. The site consistes of 25 wind turbines, each generating 3.6MW. 

    Robin Rigg offshore wind farm
    Robin Rigg offshore wind farm

    Robin Rigg

    Located in the Solway Firth, Robin Rigg East and Robin Rigg West were the first commercial offshore wind farms in Scottish waters (together known as Robin Rigg). These wind farms began full generation in April 2010 and combined provide 174MW, enough electricity to power approximately 117,000 homes and offset around 230,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. A 30+strong team operate & maintain the site from its base at the Port of Workington.

    Scroby Sands offshore wind farm
    Scroby Sands offshore wind farm

    Scroby Sands

    Located 2.5 km offshore Great Yarmouth on the coast of East Anglia, Scroby Sands was one of the first offshore wind farms to be developed in the UK. With 30 2MW wind turbines producing a total of 60MW, Scrobdy Sands produces enough to power 41,000 homes in the area. The operations & maintenance team is made up of approximately 20 staff, working from a facility located in Great Yarmouth.

    Triton Knoll offshore wind farm
    Triton Knoll offshore wind farm

    Triton Knoll

    Triton Knoll is an 857MW offshore wind farm, located off the east coast of England. It lies approximately 20 miles east off the coast of Lincolnshire, and 28 miles north off the coast of north Norfolk. It's a nationally significant UK infrastructure project which will be operated and maintained from a purpose built facility located on Grimsby's Royal Dock.

    The 9.5MW turbines are amongst the most powerful operating anywhere in the world, and capable of energising a typical UK household for more than 29 hours with just a single turn of the blades. Each turbine has a greater swept area than the London Eye (turbine 187m, London Eye 120m), and measures 187 metres from the base of the tower to the tip of the blades.

    Triton Knoll already employes 3 former apprentices  as full-time technicians, and has 6 apprentices currently progressing through their training at the site. During their first year of training, a recent group of TK apprentices kept an 'Apprenticeship Blog' which can be found here.


Any questions left?

Your contact for onshore and offshore apprenticeships at RWE in the UK
Your contact for onshore and offshore apprenticeships at RWE in the UK

If you feel that you have further questions regarding the Onshore or Offshore technician Apprenticeships, please contact either of the below RWE Renewables Recruitment Specialists:

Danielle Roe & Lisa Phillips


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