DONG Energy has partnered with the Grimsby Institute to offer new offshore wind turbine technician apprenticeships.The new three-year apprenticeships will comprise of one year of classroom based learning at the Grimsby Institute followed by two years working on site with DONG. The students will be taught in a new virtual training centre opened by the Grimsby Institute this year.A minimum of four apprenticeships will be available and the application process opens on Monday, 19 June. The new apprentices will start in September 2017.The apprentices will study as a maintenance & operations engineering technician (MOET) with an emphasis on turbine technology. They will undertake a BTEC Level 3 in Engineering, and if they successfully complete the programme will become full-time employees at DONG.“Our new operations hub being built in the Grimsby Royal Dock will help maintain our offshore wind projects in the North Sea, and we want local people with relevant skills to work out of the hub and benefit from a highly rewarding job in a fantastic industry,” Duncan Clark, Programme Director for Hornsea Project One Offshore Wind Farm at DONG Energy, said.“Apprenticeships are a great way to learn on the job and the Grimsby Institute is a state-of-the art facility. We believe this scheme will provide a very attractive opportunity to become a fully qualified wind turbine technician. These roles are exciting and varied – not every job can offer a breath-taking view of the UK coastline!”A wind turbine technician is part of a team responsible for ensuring an offshore wind farm continues to operate successfully for its lifetime, planned to be more than 20 years. The main function of the role is to carry out a variety of manual tasks and fault diagnostics to ensure the wind turbines are working reliably and at maximum efficiency. The work is carried out at sea fixing complex machinery and the turbines can be over 100 meters in height from sea level so the ability to work at height is essential.Transport to the turbines is via sea vessel or helicopter so being comfortable with air and sea travel is also necessary.“Grimsby is home to the wind energy industry and it’s excellent news for the town that the Institute has been selected by DONG Energy to provide the skills, knowledge and key employability skills the apprentices will develop in their first year,” Gill Alton, Chief Executive of the Grimsby Institute, said.”We have invested significantly over the last few years in providing state-of-the-art education and training facilities which will enable the apprentices to learn in realistic working environments. I am looking forward to a long and successful partnership with DONG Energy which will provide outstanding opportunities for people from the area.”DONG Energy is exploring the possibility of expanding its apprenticeship scheme further in the future, potentially into other regions where it operates including Liverpool and Barrow.
Holmes was tipped to be the man to replace Ben Barba following the premiership-winner’s defection to French rugby, but a hamstring injury picked up in the trials has scuttled those plans for the time being. The Queensland hopeful didn’t play in his side’s season-opening loss to the Broncos last week, with Sharks coach Shane Flanagan cautious about rushing him back too soon. “He’d be very close, very close to playing,” Flanagan said on Thursday night after the loss. “The only concern that we have is the high-speed running that Val does. We’ll be pushing him as far as we can, but it’s a long season and I want to make sure he’s 100 per cent right rather than 95. “I’d be shooting myself if he came back and injured himself and was out for a long period of time. It’s one of those things where we want to get it right, but if he’s not 100 per cent then we won’t play him.”With Holmes out injured, Gerard Beale made the most of his opportunity in the No.1 jersey, scoring a try and setting another one up against the side he debuted with back in 2009.It was the first time Beale had played fullback for the Sharks, and the first time he’d filled the role at club level since Round 26, 2014. Having played centre, wing and off the bench in 2016, the Kiwis international relished the chance to reacquaint himself with the more hands-on role, but was circumspect when asked if he wanted the jersey on a permanent basis. “I haven’t thought too far ahead. My main focus is concentrating on the now and what I can control,” he said. “I’m playing fullback now and I want to make the most of it. I enjoy the position, but in saying that, we’ve got a lot of depth at the club. Quite a few players could easily play fullback.”Rather than view him as competition, Beale said he was excited to see Holmes back on the training paddock, but he couldn’t shed any light as to when the speedster might make his return. “It was good to see him out there today,” Beale said. “I know he’s itching to play, that’s for sure, but I’m not sure where he stands or how far away he is. He was running around and enjoying himself which was good to see.”
A pensioner was on Sunday killed after the boat in which he was travelling collided with another at Grant Good Intent, Lower Pomeroon River. The dead man has been identified as 78-year-old Allan Handy, also called “Saga” of the same area.Based on information received, at about 16:00h, the now dead man left his son’s home in a wooden paddle boat and was heading home when a boat powered by a 90HP outboard engine came into his path.The captain of the boat, a security guard of Grant Hope, Lower Pomeroon, told the Police that as he navigated a turn, he felt as if he struck something and immediately slowed down. As he turned around, he saw the elderly man going down in the water and as he looked closer, he saw the damaged boat.He immediately raised an alarm. The dead man’s relatives rushed to the scene but there were no signs of Handy.A search party was established to look for the man’s body. After a few hours, the man’s body was recovered from the river in the vicinity of where the accident took place.A distraught captain claimed that due to the high boat bow, he could not have seen clearly in front of him and as such, he did not see Handy.He was taken into custody and is assisting with the investigations. The man’s body was taken to the Suddie Public Hospital Mortuary where it awaits a post-mortem examination.The boat and engine are reportedly owned by the Love and Faith Ministries.