Meet David, he is just one example of the many ex-service personnel who have successfully transitioned from serving his country to saving the world - quite literally.
Having left the Royal Marines after 14-years of service, he extensively researched his next career move, which was to join the many others helping to save the planet through renewable energy, in particular, the wind industry.
David realised his military skills and experience would be useful within the wind industry, but first he would need to obtain suitable qualifications to validate his competency and ensure his safety while working offshore on a windfarm. He came across GWO (Global Wind Organisation), which is the worldwide regulatory authority for the wind industry.
While checking the GWO website for suitable accredited UK-based training providers, David noticed OPS-Training, a division of OPS-Wind, who not only provide a full range of GWO and other accredited training courses (such as IRATA), but have successfully completed over 200 projects on more than 5000 assets, deploying their technicians throughout the UK, Europe and beyond. It was this combination of first-class training and project deployment, with the OPS commitment to Safety, Quality and Satisfaction, which attracted David to contact them.
Having done so, he was encouraged not only to undertake the 5-mandatory BST Modules, but also play to his strengths gained within the military and complete the BTT as well.
David recognised that investing less than 3-weeks of his time, supported by the dedicated and professional team at OPS, he could easily transition into the wind industry. While undertaking the GWO training, David immersed himself into the various courses, talking with the instructors and other OPS personnel, gaining an insight into the industry and the opportunities available, all while applying his military knowledge and experience to demonstrate his capabilities.
Upon completion of the courses David was interviewed by the OPS Head of Operations and was successful in securing his first role as a WT technician within days of qualifying.
David made the decision to leave the Royal Marines having served over 14 years and pursue a new career within the rapidly expanding global wind renewables industry. After carrying out extensive research on various Global Wind Organisation (GWO) Training Centres, he chose OPS-Training to conduct his training and gain the minimum qualifications required to access a wind turbine, these are:
His decision to choose OPS-Training was due to them being one of only a few Global Wind Organisation training providers that also has an operation department and currently have around 100 technicians carrying out various roles and responsibilities on wind farms across Europe.
During his Basic Safety Training courses David asked a lot of questions regarding the wind industry and we quickly acknowledge his new career potential and what an asset he would be to the OPS team. With the expert knowledge and guidance from our operations department and training staff, he was advised to complete his Basic Technical Training (BTT) Course, as he already had electrical qualifications he could transfer across.
During his BTT course he was asked to send over his CV which included his new GWO courses. He was selected by the operation manager and employed as a Wind Turbine Technician to start work on one of the many projects Offshore Painting Services have ongoing. He has now completed a few rotations and is really enjoying his new chosen career.
David is not a one off, we have employed 8 participants who have transitioned through the training centre completing courses over the last 3 months.