World-Class Workforce

The East of England Energy Zone (EEEZ) boasts one of the best energy and marine skills bases in the UK, developed over decades of working with North Sea gas and offshore wind.

The EEEZ has generations of accumulated expertise with East Coast College at the forefront of training and competence services. Working closely with employers and industry organisations, it has built a portfolio of first-class training opportunities for offshore energy personnel and seafarers.

In partnership with two of Europe’s leading Global Wind Organisation (GWO) approved training centres: 3sun Academy and the National Wind Farm Training Centre (NWFTC), the college delivers the full suite of GWO-approved Basic Safety Training modules, available on a regular and flexible basis for people working in, or planning to enter, the wind farm industry.

Pioneering employer-led training will ensure a pipeline of skilled workers for the offshore wind farms off the East of England. The new East of England Offshore Wind Skills Centre at East Coast College Great Yarmouth will deliver technician training for local people as part of the East of England Skills for Energy campus.

It was made possible by a £1.1m grant from the New Anglia Skills Deal Programme, provided by Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils and the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

EEEGR’s industry-led Skills for Energy programme works to ensure skilled people for the industry and that the existing workforce meets industry needs. Based on a partnership with employers and organisations, Skills for Energy addresses core skills needs across all energy sectors, both technical and commercial.

“We need to encourage a mobile multi-skilled workforce that can move between oil & gas and renewables, project to project from country to country. We all need to get together to demonstrate the need and wish to do that.”

Stephen Rose
3sun Group, Chief Operating Officer

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