Scunthorpe-based college wins major deal with Siemens Gamesa to help train engineers of the future

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 21 Feb 2019

Engineers of the future will be trained by Scunthorpe-based North Lindsey College in partnership with international renewable energy leader Siemens Gamesa.

The college has beaten a number of other providers to secure a major national deal with the firm to deliver apprenticeship training.

It will now develop a customised programme with Siemens Gamesa which will provide high-quality training for people from across the UK applying for a place on a wind turbine operations maintenance technician apprenticeship.

The new deal comes as the Kingsway-based college looks to build further on its track record of working with employers in a range of sectors to meet their apprenticeship needs, including operating the British Steel apprenticeship centre.

Principal Mick Lochran said: "We're incredibly proud to be working with Siemens Gamesa.

"It became apparent throughout the process that there is a real synergy between in our values and those of Siemens Gamesa, with both organisations being results orientated, innovative, customer focussed and valuing dynamic leadership and our people."

Siemens Gamesa is an international leader in renewable energy and has a presence in more than 90 countries (Image: Scunthorpe Live)

Siemens Gamesa, formed in a merger of Siemens Wind Power and Gamesa in 2017, has a presence in more than 90 countries.

It has more than 13,700 employees in the UK and its sites include a huge wind turbine blade factory at Hull's Alexandra Dock, which started operating in September 2016 following a £160 million investment by Siemens as part of an overall £310 million cost.

Read more: ‚ÄčSiemens Gamesa makes first 75m blade for huge East Anglia wind farm

The programme to be developed by North Lindsey College, which forms part of the wider DN Colleges Group, will see the training carried out at Siemens' site in Hull.

And the partnership also has wider benefits for students across the group, as Siemens Gamesa has donated a wind turbine nacelle which will be used by students at the CATCH training facility in Stallingborough, which has a partnership with the college.

Several of North Lindsey College's engineering students in Scunthorpe have already visited the Siemens Gamesa site in Hull.

North Lindsey College will develop a customised training programme with Siemens Gamesa (Image: Scunthorpe Live)

Mr Lochran said he also hoped the partnership could inspire youngsters across North Lincolnshire and the wider region to become engineers.

He said: "We recognise the potential of this partnership to not only help provide the workforce of the future for a key player in the renewables sector, but working with Siemens Gamesa will also help the college inspire the next generation of engineers across the region."

Read more: Humber Renewables Awards 2019: Celebrating the great in the green!

Carl Robb, head of operations support for Siemens Gamesa, said: "We are delighted to be working with North Lindsey College to deliver this apprenticeship training. 

"In a dynamic industry, where innovation and technology can transform the sector in less time than it takes to complete an apprenticeship, it is crucial to work with organisations that can be just as agile and forward-thinking. 

"North Lindsey College, and the wider DN Colleges Group, proved themselves to be the perfect partner able to deliver bespoke, highly focused and technical courses to Siemens Gamesa so that we, in turn, can supply clean energy for generations to come."

The college has already bucked the national trend with a 30 per cent growth in apprenticeships, as well as having engineering achievement rates well above the national average.



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