What does an apprenticeship involve?
Rampion Offshore Wind Farm utilises the training programme provided by Uniper Engineering Academy, part of Uniper Technologies Ltd, formerly known as E.ON Technologies Ltd.
The programme is a four-year apprenticeship scheme to train technicians for the power, renewables, utility and heavy industry sectors. It is aligned with the government’s Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician (MOET) apprenticeship standard, and as of May 2017 has been eligible for the Apprenticeship Levy.
Rampion is one of four offshore wind farms operated and maintained by E.ON Climate & Renewables in the UK. In response to the need to double the number of trained technicians in the next four years, E.ON and the Engineering Academy have tailored the programme’s curriculum to ensure a sustainable flow of new technicians with specialised offshore wind knowledge and site-based experience. New modules covering hydraulics have now been included, along with turbine-specific technical training.
How to apply to become an apprentice
The entry assessment to become a wind turbine technician at Rampion involves submission of a CV and an online application form, followed by a basic online psychometric test.
There will be an interview and finally, applicants must also complete a mechanical and electrical practical assessment on site at the Engineering Academy, which involves using tools in a workshop and wiring up a circuit.
Applications for the 2020 apprenticeship round will open towards the end of the year.