B9 Energy and Belfast Metropolitan College collaborate to deliver Wind Turbine Operation and Maintenance Diploma

B9 Energy and Belfast Metropolitan College have joined forces to deliver the new City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Wind Turbine Operations and Maintenance.

In support of the burgeoning sector skills requirement, Belfast Metropolitan College and B9 Energy are combining their industrial and academic resources, to provide a training environment that promotes the development of skills within the wind turbine sector. B9 Energy have been proactive in working with engineering staff from Belfast Metropolitan College in devising a system of delivery that accommodates the working patterns of wind turbine operatives, not ideally suited to attending regular classes, given remoteness of most wind farms.

BMC have developed an innovative solution to facilitate the assessment of the qualification, combining the expertise of B9 Energy and Distance Learning course with support provided via a dedicated Virtual Learning Environment incorporating web conferencing and mobile technology. The Diploma, designed to assess the knowledge and understanding of engineering skills and competences required to work effectively within the sector, provides existing operatives with an opportunity to have their skills and experience formally recognised, and forms an integral part of the new Wind Turbine Maintenance Apprenticeship Framework.

David Surplus, Chairman of B9 Energy said “Our aim is to meet the customer’s needs at every level, and at B9 we take pride in attracting, developing and retaining highly talented, motivated individuals to uphold our reputation for excellence. B9 operatives will be assessed against National Occupational Standards, reinforcing our commitment to quality and staff development”.

Belfast Metropolitan College engineering staff will complete all relevant health and safety training and a significant period of industrial secondment with B9 Energy to understand the challenges faced by operatives, ensuring the standards promoted within the qualification are upheld. “We are delighted to be involved in this project and will continue to develop our support for the sector drawing on the experience, expertise and professionalism of the B9 team” Chris Corken IEng, Course Coordinator at BMC.

If you would like to know more about the delivery of this qualification and the work B9 and Belfast Metropolitan College are engaged in contact Chris Corken email: ccorken@belfastmet.ac.uk

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