More than 100 new technicians are being recruited by Great Yarmouth-based 3sun Group to service £6 million worth of new and extended offshore and onshore wind farm contracts.
The company is targeting its campaign at local people with mechanical, inspection, instrumentation and electrical backgrounds to re-train for roles on multi-client contracts in and around the UK and internationally.
Former oil and gas industry workers are invited to apply for new careers in the growing wind industry, which last year attracted an all-time high investment of nearly £25 billion globally - up 40% on the year before - with more than £21 billion of that invested in Europe.
New technicians will start training immediately to work on construction, installation and inspection of wind turbines with the rest joining between now and early summer.
A special six-hour recruitment event will be held next week in Great Yarmouth for pre-booked and walk-in interviews with recruiters and managers for the company, which provides products and services to the global energy industry.
The recruitment campaign is the biggest in 3sun Group’s 10-year history and will increase its bank of technicians by 50%, to more than 300 skilled workers to resource its pipeline of future work on wind farm construction and installation.
Successful candidates will undergo intensive training with accredited trainers at 3sun Academy.
This latest drive reinforces the company’s strategy to become the ‘go-to’ supplier of skilled technicians for the wind industry throughout the UK and Europe.
3sun Group Chief Executive Graham Hacon said local recruitment was key to the company’s ethos.
“This new drive is prompted by new contract wins and extensions to our current projects.
“These contracts have an approximate worth to 3sun Group of £6million, which is great news for the local economy and an excellent start to 2017 for us.
“This level of demand for new roles is unprecedented for us. It is important that, as a Great Yarmouth company, we recruit locally so our employees can live and work out of the area for our onshore and offshore projects all over the UK and internationally, in Germany and Denmark. Many of our roles come with opportunities to travel.
“Investment in the wind industry has grown hugely in the last few years and is at an all-time high across the world. We are now seeing the real and lasting employment opportunities for local people that were spoken about at the outset.
“It is an exciting time that will continue as more developments take shape, especially offshore.”
More office-based roles in 3sun House, Boundary Road, Great Yarmouth – where 90 people are currently based - are expected to be generated by the extra employees and contracts.
Through 3sun Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary Dawson Energy, a pioneer in the wind turbine market, the company has 15 years’ experience as a a leading provider of skilled technicians for installation, inspection and operations and maintenance services of onshore and offshore wind turbines throughout the world, specialising in the UK, German and Danish markets.
It has worked on more than 100 windfarms, installed 4000 turbines, inspected 3000 and recorded more than one million man hours of installation and servicing.
3sun Group recruiter Sally Spaull said applications from oil and gas workers were especially welcome.
“There are many people keen to get into this industry. There are a lot of transferable skills between oil and gas and offshore wind.
Next week’s recruitment event will be held at the Kings Centre, Queen Anne’s Road, next Wednesday (January 25) between 10am and 4pm.
Pre-booked five-minute speed interviews will be held between 10am and 12noon and 2pm and 4pm. Walk in appointments can be made between 12 noon and 2pm. All applicants will need to take a form of personal identification and a CV.
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