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Onshore Wind Turbine Technician Apprenticeship

Reach for the skies and train for a career in Onshore Wind

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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).
A full driving licence by year 3 to travel to sites.
Pass an Onshore Medical

  • Time

Length of studies

3 years

  • Perspective

Location

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

  • Salary

Salary

£14,353 rising to £21,718 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 onshore 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 in all weathers at height, using heavy, complex mechanical and electrical equipment.

Man looking out on top of onshore wind turbine

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 area, working on sites and learning how they operate.

  • 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

Apprentice working in maintenance station at RWE
Maintenance work in onshore wind turbine

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 height.


This will be your salary

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

Benefits during the apprenticeship

  • Accommodation
Accommodation

Benefits during the apprenticeship

  • Travel costs
Travel Expenses

Benefits during the apprenticeship

  • Salary
Competitive Salary

Benefits during the apprenticeship

  • Working at height
Working at height training

Benefits during the apprenticeship

  • Mentorship
Mentorship Schemes

Benefits during the apprenticeship

  • Health Service
Occupational Health Service

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 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 onshore 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.

  • Onshore windfarm

    Goole fields onshore wind farm
    Goole fields onshore wind farm

    Goole Fields

    Based close to our Goole Fields sites, the successful applicant will join our team of 6 technicians operating and maintaining 49 onshore wind turbines at sites across the north of England from Goole in the East to Burnley in the West.

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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