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Exciting times for renewables sector

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

It’s been an exciting couple of weeks in the renewables sector in Scotland with some big announcements making the headlines, with the promise of lots more to come for this industry.
Firstly we saw the First Minister launch the new Nigg Skills Academy in Ross-shire.  This is a brilliant new development for the energy sector in the Highlands and Islands and has been broadly welcomed by the industry as a whole.  With funding support from Skills Development Scotland, the Scottish Funding Council and HIE totalling £915,000, the Academy hopes to have 290 Modern Apprentices through its doors in the first year of operation.  These apprentices are going to be very valuable to the industry in the coming years, with over 3,000 people expected to have completed training by 2015.
The Skills Academy has seen over 800 applications already, for an initial intake of 23 apprentices.  This is testament to how appealing the sector is to people looking for new and exciting opportunities, and with the industry growing so rapidly, it’s great to see this level of appetite.
Since Global Energy Group took over the Nigg Yard in 2011, they have identified a demand for up to 2,000 people over the next few years to help them to deliver contracts in the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors.  The yard has already taken on a new lease of life, with the dry dock back in action and home for the next 3 months to Transocean’s Galaxy 1 rig.  The major refit will employ more than 250 people and is a big boost to the area, as had it not been for the dry dock, the work would have ended up elsewhere.