Northumberland College and Port of Blyth announce new partnership

Northumberland College and Port of Blyth announce new partnership  
Date Published: 21 February 2014

As part of an exciting new partnership, Northumberland College’s renowned renewable energies training courses will be delivered from the Port of Blyth from February 2014.

The college launched its renewable training courses in 2009, the first of its kind in the UK. The courses were developed by the college in partnership with several UK and European renewables training agencies and organisations to implement a European industry standard qualification for operational skills in the wind energy sector for both on-shore and off-shore.

The courses are validated by German based training institute BZEE (the pioneer of wind energy training) and the Global Wind Organisation (GWO).

From February the college will run three renewables courses from the Blyth base. The Level 2 qualification is designed for those with no previous engineering background who wish to pursue a career in the wind energy sector. There are also two Level 3 courses aimed at trained electrical or mechanical engineers looking for a career change into wind energy, or engineers working in the wind energy sector who would like to upgrade their skills and qualifications.

The college has had a strong relationship with the Port of Blyth for a number of years, with the Port delivering several aspects of the renewables training including lifting and slinging techniques. This latest development may lead to a longer term relationship that it is hoped will complement current development plans for Blyth.

The training facilities at the port include a state-of-the-art 27m high climbing tower for specific 'working at height' training and purpose built workshops housing two large dismantled turbines (Nacelles) for training student technicians in how to service and maintain the wind turbines. Combining the college training centre with all these facilities in one place will create a ground breaking 'wind hub' training concept which will ensure graduates are job ready. The courses have a great success rate with over 90% of graduates securing jobs in the wind industry.

Stuart Cutforth, Principal and Chief Executive at the college, said: "This is a very exciting new partnership for the college. The renewables sector continues to be a growth industry and the college is dedicated to providing training to meet the skills needs of the industry. The new base at the Port of Blyth and the organisations skills in the sector will further enhance this."

Martin Lawlor, Chief Executive at Port of Blyth, said: "We are delighted that Northumberland College are moving to the Port which will only enhance Blyth's growing reputation as both a handling and training hub for the renewables sector." 

There are renewables courses starting from the Port of Blyth site in February 2014. To enrol call 01670 841200, email or visit