Whether you are about to leave the Military or have been in civilian employment for a number of years, the prospect of change can often be a daunting experience. We have years of combined experience in the Military and also in helping train and guiding you through your resettlement phase.
Below we have included a list of our most frequently asked questions but if you cannot find your answer here then why not call and speak to one of our dedicated resettlement team members.What qualifications do I need to work on an offshore wind farm?
This all depends on the role however the essential courses are the GWO Basic Safety Training Package which consists of 5 modules. The industry is seriously lacking electrical engineers at the moment and trades such as painter blaster, engineer, and electricians are also in demand. It’s easier to think of it as a building site floating at sea.
1. Is it the same as working on onshore windfarms?
Yes pretty much, learners must be prepared to work away from home. Drug and alcohol testing take place in the offshore roles. The production of onshore windfarms is slowing down due to the government’s subsidy cuts driving more developers to create wind farms offshore.
2. How long do GWO qualifications last for?
All qualifications expire after 2 years; learners are then able to sit refresher versions of the courses and are often provided discounts on a case by case basis.
3. What’s the difference between GWO and RUK?
GWO or Global Wind Organisation is predominantly required to work on offshore wind projects whereas the onshore projects require both RUK and GWO accreditations. GWO is also recognised throughout the World where as RUK is predominant in the UK.
4. Do I need to complete a particular medical to work in this industry?
Offshore workers are required to have an OGUK medical which we can provide for you whilst on course. Failing this, there is a number of specialist doctors throughout the UK who could provide the service.
5. How big is the industry and is it going to grow over the next five years?
The industry is re-entering a growth phase with large projects such as the Burbo Bank extension (Liverpool), Walney extension (Cumbria) and Hornsea (East Coast) all coming online in the next 5 years. The maintenance phases of these windfarms will also require a constant flow of workers. The UK is becoming the flagbearer within the world of offshore wind and workforces are continuing to work on projects in Germany, Portugal and further afield.
6. Are companies actively looking for ex-military people?
Yes. The discipline and lifestyle of ex-forces fits well with life offshore. 2 weeks on 2 weeks off, 12 hours on 12 hours off, working as part of a team, physical work, keen eye for safety and working to safe systems of work.
7. Will a mechanical or engineering background help me once I have passed all the GWO modules?
Yes these are skills which are sort after by offshore wind companies of all scales.
8. Do you help with job placements or offer advice on companies I could possibly work for?
Yes. We are able to take your details and we keep abreast of industry developments, we often send out updated lists and industry newsletters with information on who is, or has recently been recruiting.
9. Are there any pre-requisites for me to attend these courses?
No. Candidates are required to fill in a brief medical self-assessment prior to starting the course but there are no special pre-requisites that you wouldn’t find on any other type of similar course.
10. How do I know if I am eligible to claim ELCAS funding for these courses?
In short, if you have completed over 4 years of eligible service then you are entitled to claim ELCAS funding. There are two tiers of funding which can be claimed up to 10 years after you have left the Military. Please see our ELCAS and Resettlement guide for more information on this process.
11. If I want to book one of the ELCAS course packages how do I start the process?
Our ELCAS and Resettlement guide provides all the information and a step by step guide on how to claim your ELCAS and start training with us. Once you have a good idea on the direction you wish to pursue then call us today and start your process. 0151 708 9785