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Case Study

Wind and Marine Training Network - Wind Turbine Composites

Training and re-training courses to provide a pipeline of skilled workers for the growing large scale renewables across Scotland and upskilling and retraining career changers in composite skills for the growing large scale renewable industry in Scotland.

Building Capability and Capacity in Wind Turbine Composites

Colleges / Partners:

  • Renewable UK
  • Ayrshire College
  • New College Lanarkshire
  • Edinburgh College
  • Fife College
  • Dumfries and Galloway College

 Project Aims:

  • To develop the capability of Scotland’s colleges to address the shortage of composite skills in the wind sector.
  • To support the development of training and standards on blade maintenance, repair and inspection.

Key Achievements:

ESP is a collaboration of Scotland’s colleges established to increase Scotland’s capacity to deliver skills for the energy sector. Through the partnership we ensure that the right skills are being delivered to guarantee that Scotland will have the trained and competent workforce required by the energy sector in the future.

Through discussions with industry and government agencies ESP identified a need to develop the capability of Scotland’s colleges to address the shortage of skills that will underpin the longevity and lifecycle of wind turbines.

Developing Capability and Capacity

Consequently, in June 2014 ESP arranged a study trip to a blade manufacturing facility in Turkey to gain an understanding of the technical and logistical requirements of a blade manufacturing facility.

Working with industry partners, ESP then commissioned a composites master-class in October 2014. Attended by college staff from 4 key colleges across Scotland including New College Lanarkshire, Ayrshire, Fife, Dumfries & Galloway and Edinburgh colleges, the master-class raised awareness of the significant opportunities presented by composites for the economy and in meeting the wind industry’s skills needs.

It further developed the capability and capacity in colleges through commissioning a Non Destructive Testing (NDT) in Composites CPD programme for college staff.

Blade Repair and Inspection (BRAI) training

Furthermore ESP worked with RenewableUK’s Renewable Training Network (RTN) co-funded the development standard for Blade Repair and Inspection (BRAI) training. ESP was keen to work with the RTN in developing programmes to support the.

Ayrshire College was the first licensed UK Centre to deliver RenewableUK’s RTN Blade Repair and Inspections training modules.

Supported by ESP, Ayrshire College hosted the UK pilot programmes and were the first licensed UK centre with the college now offering these courses to existing companies and their technicians.

This activity has been recognised by both industry and government agencies in providing a positive picture when engaging with industry and supporting significant economic development opportunities.