Part of Senvion’s responsibility as an employer, and in line with our corporate values, is to help prepare and inspire the workforce of the future. The “Building My Skills” programme is a free initiative delivered by businesses to local schools across the north of England with the purpose of making young people more employable.
A team of Senvion and Vattenfall staff members from the Ormonde wind farm partnered together to support the programme in their region at Barrow in Furness. The scheme is managed by the Furness Education & Skills Partnership on behalf of the Esh Group and is delivered over the course of an academic year with the objective of showing students that academic success makes up just one part of a young person’s “workplace toolbox” and that there are other softer employability skills that can help young people to develop their career paths.
The Ormonde team produced a series of informative and interactive lectures showcasing the wind sector as an exciting and dynamic industry. The sessions were presented at five local schools and included a presentation about how an offshore wind farm is constructed and how electricity is generated by wind, as well as highlighting what skills the two companies look for when recruiting new staff for an offshore wind farm. As part of the scheme to demonstrate some of the softer skills to consider for career development, the Ormonde team also explained the impact social media activity can have on employability.
The feedback from students was very positive and it was a unique opportunity for Senvion to help them better understand how they can make the transition from education into the world of work and, particularly, to consider what career opportunities there are within the renewables sector.