The SCA Group, specialist access and maintenance provider from Wimborne, working with Weymouth College, have developed a number of training schemes which will bridge skills-gaps and enable local workers to assist in maintaining the Navitus Bay Wind Farm proposed off the Dorset coast. The Training Scheme is being submitted as part of a bid to try and secure £1m of UKCES funding for new employer-led training courses.
Weymouth College provide facilities for over 7,000 students from across Dorset and the rest of the UK, as well as from overseas, offering a diverse range of courses, excellent facilities and a team of highly dedicated and experienced staff who provide guidance and support as well as quality teaching.
The SCA Group offer expertise in high level maintenance from ropes, and with limited training facilities in the UK for offshore work, both parties are hopeful that funding will be granted in order that people local to Navitus Bay can be employed.
Rex Witts (Director of Construction and Engineering at Weymouth College) commented
“Weymouth College can become a centre of excellence for wind farm training programmes. In addition we have specialist stonemasonry, engineering, electrical installation and electronics provision. Working with the SCA Group will mean we can train our teams to carry out all of these functions at height”.
Mike Unsworth (Navitus Bay Wind Farm Project Director) said
“Many different skills will be required to operate the Navitus Bay wind farm, and the sooner these skills are honed the better. One of our main aims is to keep as much of this work as local as possible, and we are delighted to see such a wave of local support from companies such as SCA.”
Picture taken 21st December 2012 at initial bid planning meeting:
From left to right;
Sean Matthews, Project Engineer Navitus Bay
Rob Jones, Vice Principal from Weymouth College
Steve King, Managing Director SCA Group
Lee Bennett, Commercial Director SCA Group
Steve Bicknell, Financial Director SCA Group
John Donaldson, Divisional Manager SCA Rope Access