North Wales Trainees Start Offshore Careers

press release
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Back row: Scott Pitman, Joe Stafford, Martyn Berrington and Ronan Conway. Front: Troy Melling and Ralph Williams.

Six young men from North Wales have taken their first steps into a new career in the offshore wind energy industry having been accepted as trainees with the UK’s only dedicated trainee academy for the offshore wind industry, Offshore Marine Academy.


Ranging in age from 20 to 24, the trainees come from a variety of backgrounds including plumbing, the Royal Marines and electronics, but all applied with the aim of starting a long-term career in the growing local offshore wind industry.
The trainees are the second group to embark on a12-month programme with Bristol-based Offshore Marine Academy, which launched its Offshore Trainee Programme in the South West of England last year. Its aim is to give successful applicants the right mix of training and experience to begin a new career in this developing industry.
 

Chosen from more than 200 applicants, the trainees are: Scott Pitman, 24 from Holyhead; Joe Stafford, 21 and Ronan Conway, 24 both from Colwyn Bay; 24-year-old Martyn Berrington from Rhos-On-Sea; Troy Melling, 21 from Old Colwyn and 20-year-old Ralph Williams from Penrhynside.
 

Martyn Berrington said he was surprised to see such an opportunity in the current economic climate but not being in an office was a big motivator. While with many friends and family already working in renewables, Ralph Williams has always hoped for a long-term career in the industry.
 

Academy Director David Martin said that there were no specific qualifications required for the full-salaried course, however applicants needed to be familiar with the marine environment, be physically fit and capable of meeting the rigours of offshore work and be eager to pursue a career in the renewables industry.
 

“Each of our trainees saw this as an excellent opportunity to build on his abilities to date and transfer into the offshore arena,” Mr Martin said. “Through classwork, field trips, site visits and operational activities, our trainees will receive offshore survival and induction; lifting and rigging practice; an introduction to ROVs (remotely operated vehicles); sessions on seamanship and navigation, sub survey, hydraulics and working at heights; an understanding of project and financial management, and safety training.”
 

“They all have different expectations when it comes to what they want to get out of the course, whether it be operating ROVs, commercial diving, working at heights or another role on a vessel, but the next 12-months will give them a taste of all the potential opportunities and enable them to choose where they would like to specialise.”
 

Troy Melling has already expressed an interest in working on the back-deck of vessels with lifting and rigging, likewise Scott Pitman who says he is a “hands on guy”. However all the trainees are open-minded at this early stage of the course.
 

“The offshore industry is one of the few areas with growth potential but that there is a distinct lack of qualified and able workers for the wide range of careers so these trainees will be well positioned to fill one of the numerous gaps,” Mr Martin said. 
 

Upon completion of the programme trainees will be awarded a certificate of achievement from Offshore Marine Academy and will have recognised qualifications and training that will enable them to move into the area within the offshore sector they had most affinity with. “The North Wales group started last month and have already found it hugely satisfying which bodes well as it's a demanding, but incredibly rewarding, career choice,” Mr Martin said.
 

Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

HHI to Deploy 3DEXPERIENCE Design Platform

Hyundai Heavy Industries Selects Marine & Offshore Industry Solution Experiences for Design and Engineering of Offshore Structures Dassault Systèmes,

Huisman Debuts Rope Luffing Knuckle Boom Crane

In order to provide reliable solutions for subsea installation in increasingly deeper water and offshore construction in severe weather conditions, Huisman introduces

Scafi Expands Fleet with Italian Damen Tug

Damen is to construct a new ASD 3212 tug for Scafi, the Italian shipping group that includes a number of international towing companies. The contract cements their

Offshore

Fincantieri Offshore Chooses AVEVA Software

One of the world’s largest shipbuilders uses AVEVA software to design next-generation drillship. Fincantieri Offshore has signed a contract with AVEVA to implement

Norway's Oil Sector May Face More Project Cuts, Delays

More oil and gas projects in Norway could be put on hold because of rising costs, adding to a growing list of developments that have been delayed or called off,

Diamond Offshore profit falls as rig demand softens

Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc, one of the world's top five offshore rig contractors, reported a 17 percent drop in quarterly profit as demand fell for rigs used in deep water drilling.

Education/Training

Newport News, ODU Partner for Bachelor's Degree Program

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that apprentices at Newport News Shipbuilding will now have the opportunity to earn a bachelor of science degree

C-MAR's Modern Approach to DP Training in Brazil

The modern offshore maritime industry heavily relies on different classes of DP vessels, from OSVs to Drillships and Tankers, almost all vessels serving the oil

GEIMS Maritime Training accorded highest grade from DGS

Great Eastern Institute of Maritime Studies (GEIMS) is now the first approved maritime training Institution in India to achieve the 'outstanding (A1)' grade. The

Wind Power

Mammoet Uses World’s Biggest Crawler Crane to Install Legs on Ship

Mammoet, a global company in engineered heavy lifting and transport, said it is currently employing its LR13000, the biggest crawler crane in the world, to install

UK Subsidises 8 Renewable Energy Contracts

The British government on Wednesday awarded investment contracts under a new subsidy regime to eight renewable energy projects, including five offshore wind farms and three biomass plants.

POSH raises $311m in Singapore IPO

POSH prices IPO at S$1.15 per share, near bottom of indicative range. POSH focuses on service to production, maintenance and is keen on growing offshore accommodation business.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.3003 sec (3 req/sec)