Dumfries and Galloway College has welcomed a commitment from leading green energy firm Fred. Olsen to provide a £10,000 bursary to create a fund that will help train the wind turbine technicians of the future.
The bursary will go to support Wind Turbine Technician students in developing their skills and the firm has also pledged to provide the components required for comprehensive training.
As part of the partnership between the two organisations, the college has been working closely with Fred. Olsen to understand how they can work together to support the growth of this important sector and support education in the South of Scotland.
The Wind Turbine Technician Training Fund will be established by the college, thanks to this generous gift from the innovative energy company.
Dumfries and Galloway College is a college with green energy, skills, and training at its core and the entire college community is delighted to welcome this commitment from Fred Olsen and looks forward eagerly to working with them to help ensure a cleaner, greener, and more efficient future for all.
Miles McConville, Project Manager at Fred. Olsen Renewables, commented:
“By working with Dumfries and Galloway College we hope to ensure that students in the region are getting the best start at their careers, can access the components needed to support their training and also the funding needed to encourage them to study locally and ultimately enter into the workforce locally.
“Windy Standard Wind Farm has been operating for over 25 years.
“It has a long-standing history with the local community and we hope our repowering proposals continue this legacy – making a meaningful contribution to the region’s economy and communities, alongside supporting Scotland’s renewable energy ambitions.”
“As part of these conversations, Dumfries and Galloway highlighted the opportunity to provide decommissioned parts to the College – allowing wind turbine technicians in training to get hands on experience with components prior to employment.”
Douglas Dickson, Vice Principal at Dumfries and Galloway College, commented:
“I am delighted that our Wind Turbine Technician students have the benefit of being able to develop their skills through using industry standard components.
“I am also grateful for the £10,000 bursary that has been provided to our students to support them in their studies.
“Working with our valued partners, Fred Olsen Renewables, is important to the College as we develop young peoples’ skills to enter the workforce.
“At Dumfries and Galloway College we see that it is critical to provide young people with skills in renewables and enable them to be able to contribute to our economy in the South of Scotland.
“Working with our valued partners across the South of Scotland has been key to our success at Dumfries and Galloway College and we’re proud to continue building these important relationships.
I would encourage anyone who is interested in taking advantage of this unique opportunity to get in touch with us to find out more.”