Oldenburg gets its own training institute for offshore wind energy

Thursday, 29 January, 2015 - 10:45

Oldenburg has a new training institute for offshore wind energy: the Convent College. Depending on a person's previous qualifications, four training paths are possible: installation technician, specialist in maritime corrosion protection, specialist for rotor blade repair or service technician.

In order to meet the increasing personnel needs of the offshore wind industry, a new training institute has been established in Oldenburg. Convent College uses a three-tier education system. In addition to technical and legal qualifications, the institute also provides further qualifications that are necessary for performing various tasks. The training consists of theory and practice.

Four training paths are possible depending on previous qualifications: installation technician, specialist in maritime corrosion protection, specialist for rotor blade repair and service technician. "Prerequisites for professional training in offshore wind energy have not been clearly defined up till now. Together with our partners, we take advantage of practical experience and provide the necessary skills and abilities in a structured manner," Sebastian Fleper, head of Convent College, said.

Offshore wind energy offers attractive career opportunities. In addition to very good earnings and attractive working hours (14 days at sea / 14 days off), the special challenges of working at sea make the different professions fascinating. The basis for a job in one of these areas is to have completed a training course as a craftsperson or technician, for example as an electrician, a mechanic, a painter or a plastic technician. The different modules build upon this foundation. The first courses will begin in March of this year.

Katharina Garus

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