This Wednesday, Newcastle College's Energy Academy hosted a progression event to support students to learn more about advancement within the renewable technologies and subsea engineering sectors.
The event offered an insight into the range of educational pathways available to students at Newcastle College, and offered students a chance to hear from industry experts in special guest lectures.
Speakers included, Andrew Esson, Managing Director for Esson Partnership and James Costello, Careers and Employment Manager at Maersk Training. Both gave talks on two very different areas of the energy sector, but the message remained the same, 'there are long term opportunities for the people with a good attitude and the right type of skills.'
James Costello said: "You'll not find these job adverts in The Chronicle on a Thursday evening for jobs in this sector, you need to be in control of your own opportunities and research." He went on to explain: "A wind turbine technician is a broad term for what the role is, there are many elements which include service, inspection, maintenance, construction, repair, commissioning, decommissioning and supply chain. So spending time now developing your skills will serve you well in the long run."
Students were excited to have a chance to meet experts from industry and Level 3 Engineering student Natasha Coleman said: "There was so much more to the event than I'd thought. The speakers were very insightful and offered loads of advice about the career opportunities in the sector."
Head of the Energy Academy, Alan Goundry said: "Here at Newcastle College we think its hugely important to always link back to industry within our courses, to ensure that we're able to prepare our students for employment The event was well received by the students and we have had some great feedback already. We are looking forward to supporting our students progress into a career within renewable technologies or subsea engineering sectors."
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