Renewable Energies

Northumberland 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.

The practical courses are designed to ensure the future workforce are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to work on both on-shore and off-shore wind farms. They are validated by German based training institute BZEE (the pioneer of wind energy training) and the Global Wind Organisation (GWO).

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 career change into wind energy, or engineers working in the wind energy sector who would like to upgrade their skills and qualifications.

You'll study from a centre at the Port of 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

Sea survival techniques, with simulated boat transfer, training is provided alongside the course together with First Aid and RTITB/NPORS lifting and slinging training.

Fully qualified people can expect a starting salary of around £24,000 as a wind turbine engineer.


Click here to download our renewables brochure.


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On-Shore or Off-Shore Wind Turbine Technician

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