North Shields-based AIS Training is set to create up to 30 jobs after revealing plans for a multimillion-pound training centre of excellence for the wind industry.
AIS will establish the centre at Immingham in North East Lincolnshire, establishing the area as a global hub for renewable skills.
The company will develop the facility at the CATCH training centre near Immingham, where it expects to train more than 15,000 delegates annually for the fast-growing sector, which is predicted to create more than 70,000 jobs in the next decade.
The project is also set to receive grant support from the public sector.
AIS Training already owns and operates an industrial training centre for the oil and gas, wind, maritime, sub-sea and heavy industry sectors on North Tyneside, which attracts more than 17,500 delegates from around the world every year.
Dave Bowyer, director of training and education at AIS, said North East Lincolnshire and the wider Humber sub-region is “widely acknowledged” as being at the heart of the fast-growing offshore wind industry.
“Predictions suggest that the renewable energy sector will require 70,000 new jobs over the next ten years and finding the right people with the right skills to fill these jobs remains a key challenge for the industry,” he added.
“We see enormous potential for Immingham to be the global leader in renewable energy skills and competency training worldwide and we are very excited to help the city fulfil its potential.”
Katie Hedges, interim chief executive of HFC CATCH, said: “It’s ten years since we launched the facility and this major investment is testament to our growing importance in the preparation of tomorrow’s workforce.
“AIS is a proven company with an international reputation for excellence – it’s great to have them here.”
Phase one of the project will begin immediately, with the new centre expected to open within 12 weeks. It will feature a 30 metre high wind turbine training tower, climbing and rescue platform with 12 stations incorporating vertical fall-arrest safety systems, a mock nacelle and three technical engineering areas.
Using these simulated facilities, AIS Training will recreate realistic training scenarios which prepare individuals for the hazards of working on a wind turbine.
Further proposals include the development of a survival pool and innovation and training hub during 2015/16.