Aquamarine Power training scheme gains seal of approval

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) re-accredits scheme for the professional development of engineers

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has given Aquamarine Power’s graduate training scheme the seal of approval – re-accrediting the wave company’s professional development programme which leads towards Chartered Engineers (CEng) or Incorporated Engineers (IEng) registration.

Oyster 800 in fabrication yard from the air _1 - Photo by Cyberhawk InnovationsIn what is now the fourth year of the scheme, the Institution’s assessors noted that Aquamarine Power’s engineers are being given varied and technically stimulating projects which are “…challenging from start to delivery, and their nature means they gain exposure to other disciplines such as civil, electrical, hydraulics and control and instrumentation in a variety of settings.”

The scheme has been running since 2009, and was first accredited at the end of 2010. The programme is now accredited until 2017.

Commenting on the scheme, Aquamarine Power Chief Engineer Donald Naylor said:

“Our graduates get an incredible range of learning opportunities, from wave tank research, through design and manufacturing, to being on a dive boat in Orkney, supervising work on Oyster 800; and we now have three engineers who have taken part in the programme go on to achieve full chartered status.

“Oyster covers a wide range of technology areas, including geotechnical, structural, mechanical engineering, marine operations, naval architecture, hydraulics systems, control and instrumentation and electrical power systems.

“We aim to have a 1:1 ratio of mentors (who are chartered engineers) to graduate engineers, and put a strong emphasis on training, with up to ten days per year dedicated to professional development.

“We are a small, tight-knit team where we all work hard with the goal of changing the way electricity is made,” Naylor concludes.

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Pre-apprenticeship programme for offshore turbine technicians

Fife College offers training for the offshore wind industry 

Offshore windfarm under constructionThe Scottish Minister for Energy, Tourism and Enterprise, Fergus Ewing MSP, yesterday (8th Oct) officially launched the AREVA Wind sponsored Pre-Apprenticeship programme for wind turbine technician training in partnership with Fife College. This programme is specifically designed to provide the training and skills required for the offshore wind industry and serves as a precursor for further training opportunities to become AREVA Turbine Technicians.

The course includes classroom and workshop education in key technical skills so that students can potentially continue their training at the AREVA manufacturing facility in Bremerhaven, Germany.

As part of the announcement, Minister Ewing met with the 16 students who have been selected to participate in this opening year of the programme.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said “The Scottish Government is committed to supporting continued growth in Scotland’s energy sector and to allowing our young people to benefit from the tremendous opportunities that this sector presents now and in the future.

“AREVA’s engagement in this programme shows their commitment to invest in making young people their business and allowing them the opportunity to fulfil their potential with specifically designed training required to support the UK offshore wind industry.”

Lena Wilson, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, which has been working closely with AREVA on its proposed plans to locate its UK turbine manufacturing site in Scotland, added:

“This programme will not only help develop individuals with the right knowledge and skills to work in this exciting industry, but also increase Scotland’s growing reputation on the global stage as a leading location in the development of the offshore wind sector.”

Julian Brown, UK Country Director for AREVA Wind commented, “The AREVA Wind Pre-apprenticeship program reinforces our commitment to Scotland as an industrial base for our activities and will prepare these students for opportunities in the future offshore wind market in the United Kingdom.”

AREVA supplies advanced technology solutions for power generation with less carbon. Its expertise and unwavering insistence on safety, security, transparency and ethics are setting the standard, and its responsible development is anchored in a process of continuous improvement.

Ranked first in the global nuclear power industry, AREVA’s unique integrated offering to utilities covers every stage of the fuel cycle, nuclear reactor design and construction, and operating services. The group is actively developing its activities in renewable energies – wind, bioenergy, solar and energy storage – to become a European leader in this sector.

With these two major offers, AREVA’s 47,000 employees are helping to supply ever safer, cleaner and more economical energy to the greatest number of people.

About Fife College

Situated in the lowlands of Scotland, Fife’s position between the Edinburgh and Tayside regions makes it ideally placed for being a front runner as an enterprising area.

With the Scottish Government making clear its intention to increase sustainable economic growth, future economic success will depend on the ability to develop a culture in Fife that both encourages and values enterprise.

Fife has a lot of opportunities and strengths on which to build including the broad range of initiatives aimed at supporting enterprise across the region. From educational initiatives in schools, colleges and the university, to general business start-up support, key sector networks and infrastructure investments in incubation facilities, enterprise support is spread across a broad range of partners both in the private and public sectors.

Manufacturing and engineering remains a specialist core strength in Fife due to its long experience in the sectors. Technology innovation is driving the pace of change within the industry and Fife is at the heart of it.

The expertise in Fife for manufacturing and engineering is very much a key asset. The uses and end products have changed – but there is still a need for precision engineering and manufacturing knowledge. One such area of advancement is within the area of wind energy with many wind turbines, energy parks and unique specialist qualifications being available and leading the way in this emerging market.

Affordable Warmth Advisors Wanted (3 posts, Argyll & Bute)

AlienergyAffordable Warmth for Sustainable Rural Communities Project

(funded by The Big Lottery)

AliEnergy are recruiting 3 Affordable Warmth Advisors. 

 You will help to tackle fuel poverty in Argyll by providing advice, support, education and mentoring to low income households on fuel budgeting; benefits/schemes and social tariffs and by helping them to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Duties will include offering home advice visits; delivering training to public and voluntary sector groups and recruiting, training and supporting volunteers. Experience of providing advice/support to individuals and knowledge of energy efficiency issues essential.

  • 35 hours per week; job shares and secondments considered.
  •  Location: flexible within Argyll.
  • These posts will involve extensive travel in the Bute, Mid Argyll/KIntyre and Oban/Lorn areas.
  • Salary: £24,509; contract until May 2018.
  • Contract 12 months
  • Closing date: 5pm on 3rd May
  • Interview date: 15th May


More details including application form etc


SSE and UHI Sign Partnership Agreement

Energy giant will create new apprenticeships and  recruit staff locally

UHI and SSESSE and the University of Highlands and Islands have today signed a ‘partnership agreement’ to collaborate and work together to maximise the benefits to the people of the Highlands and Islands from the low carbon energy revolution in the Highlands and Islands.

Speaking at the University’s Research and Development conference Ian Marchant, Chief Executive of SSE – Scotland’s leading renewable energy generator and developer – will also set out a range of commitments to support this, including a new apprenticeship programme and a commitment to target local areas around proposed new developments for the recruitment and training of future employees, particularly in Caithness and Sutherland and in the Great Glen.

There is significant investment planned by the energy industry over the next ten years. SSE’s contribution to this could potentially be £5-10bn in the Highlands and Islands alone, across its energy networks, renewable generation and energy services businesses. Both SSE and the University recognise the importance of collaboration to ensure the skills and people are in place to take advantage of this opportunity.

The partnership agreement establishes a new steering group to oversee this collaboration between SSE and the University and to ensure local businesses and communities are also engaged. Key areas for collaboration and opportunity exist both in creating the right training infrastructure and in promoting innovation and research.  The partnership will build on the £3m that SSE has already committed to training and skills in the Highlands. 

SSE Chief Executive Ian Marchant said: “We recognise that the communities in which we work and operate are very important and that SSE has a valuable role in contributing to the local economy of these communities. SSE is committed to making sure that Highland businesses and communities benefit from, and have a real part in, what we believe is a very exciting time for the Highlands.

“Quite rightly the people in the Great Glen or Caithness and Sutherland ask the question – ‘can our young people be trained and employed to run your existing and future power stations and wind farms?’ The answer to that from me, is an emphatic yes!  Should our projects currently in the planning system gain planning approval,  we make this commitment – SSE will target areas such as Lairg and the wider Sutherland area, Fort Augustus and the Great Glen, and work with the schools and colleges in these areas to bring young people into our industry and train them so that they get the best chance of long term employment.

“This new strategic partnership between SSE and the University of the Highlands and Islands will play a significant part in ensuring this happens. There is no doubt that this new University with its diverse range of colleges and research centres spread across the region will play a key role in providing the skills, training and expertise we need in future.

“SSE already employs over 2,000 direct employees and contractors in the Highlands, operating our power stations electricity networks, retail outlets and in our growing energy services business. We are determined to see the benefit of renewable energy continue to flow into these same communities and to enable a new generation of local people to connect with and find employment from Energy.”

Welcoming the partnership, University of the Highlands and Islands Principal and Vice-Chancellor, James Fraser said:

“The University is delighted to sign this collaborative agreement with SSE. The University partnership of 13 colleges and research centres is unique in encompassing both further and higher education and in covering the whole of the Highlands and Islands, including Moray, Perth and Kinross.

“SSE and its supply chain need highly trained staff. We can help deliver these skills through our collective expertise in further education and knowledge from higher education. The University is ready to play a key role in supporting the transformation of the Highlands and Islands economy through the development of the renewable energy industry, the electricity grid and the continued progress of oil and gas.”

“It is very fitting to announce this collaborative venture at our annual Research Conference. In addition to teaching and training in the longer term we expect to provide research and consultancy to SSE as it tackles some of the new challenges posed by the new energy industry.”

Vacancies at Aquamarine Power

Edinburgh wave power company has several vacancies

Aquamarine Power were selected in the top ten UK’s Great Places to Work.  They currently have the following vacancies at their Edinburgh headquarters:

For mroe details see the Aquamarine Power website