Triton Knoll has added the first tranche of local talent to its offshore operations team in Grimsby as work progresses on the wind farm 33km off the Lincolnshire coast.
This is the first part of a planned larger recruitment drive and comprises newly qualified apprentices alongside ten new entrants to the renewables sector.
The new team is now undergoing orientation with the offshore project and with innogy, which has the contract for managing the Operations & Maintenance (O&M) long-term, once construction is finished.
For the wind turbine technicians, part of that preparation will be to work as embedded technicians with MVOW, Triton Knoll’s lead wind turbine supplier, learning about the turbines and their operation.
“We are in the process of recruiting 70 people to the project in an area that has suffered from declining traditional industries and is still in the grip of closures today,” said Kerry Monument, the Grimsby-born Operations & Maintenance manger for Triton Knoll.
“Investing locally, and creating local jobs is so important to us both at Triton Knoll and innogy, and we are delighted to have brought on board so many new people from the local area in our first recruitment drive.
“Given the number of applications we received for these 15 jobs alone, there’s clearly a huge interest in the sector and the innogy business, and we look forward to delivering even more long term, skilled roles to as many local people as possible.”
A further 50 plus direct jobs will be required by the project to support its long-term operations in Grimsby.
The typical 25-year-long lifecycle of the wind farm will also require important support services from companies that are based locally and have the potential to generate further new jobs in turn.