Scotland has long been at the forefront of the drive towards greener technology for home and business electricity, and now the UK’s first modern apprenticeships for the renewable energy industry has been launched by First Minister Alex Salmond.
Six partner companies have been involved in delivering the apprenticeship, which offers training in becoming a wind turbine technician to enable the maintenance of wind powered electricity to domestic and business electricity customers.
Mr Salmond credited the combined efforts of Siemens, RE Power and The Weir Group for pioneering the recruitment of apprentices. The qualification meets the standards of the National Skills Acadmey for Power and has the City & Guilds hallmark.
Fifteen young people have started the scheme, which is taught at Fife’s Carnegie College.
Danish firm Dong Energy will also take about eight apprentices on in 2011.
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