New SeAH Wind Academy Set For Launch as Progress at South Bank Site Continues

Business & Invest | Published on: 8th December 2023

A six-month development programme to train and develop future welders for the vast £450million SeAH Wind facility is set for launch.

The SeAH Wind Academy will see 30 people put through a 24-week training and development programme with the help of the Tees Valley Combined Authority and its Adult Education Budget.

The learners will gain the knowledge and skills required to successfully pass welder approval testing in accordance with BS EN 9606-1 using the FCAW process in positions 2G (PC) and 3G (PF).

They will also gain work-ready knowledge and skills to participate in heavy engineering activities in the welding sector including an appreciation of SAW, arc air gouging, and appropriate welding theory.

The huge Offshore Wind Turbine monopile manufacturing facility at South Bank will see a half-mile long factory housing hundreds of workers when complete.

SeAH Wind will work with Nordic Products and Services and Middlesbrough College on two programmes, under its SeAH Wind Academy programme.

In partnership with Nordic Products and Services, 20 people will attend a 24-week full time intensive training and development course. This route is open to unemployed people in receipt of benefits and from week nine they will receive a wage up to completion of the programme.

In partnership with Middlesbrough College the additional 10 people, who will typically be currently in employment but seeking to up-skill, will attend an intensive 24-week part-time programme of two 3.5 hour evening sessions per week.

All 30 will, on successful completion of the programmes, then be offered full-time permanent positions with SeAH Wind.

Once fully operational, it is expected that a total of 750 direct jobs and 1,500 further supply chain jobs are set to come from the SeAH manufacturing facility.

The Combined Authority has controlled Adult Education funding in the region since 2019.

Martin Corney, Teesworks CEO, said: “SeAH Wind’s facility is a very important of the wider plans we have for Teesworks as we become the number one site in the UK for green industries.

“It’s very pleasing to see the next generation of talent being brought through to take on roles at SeAH and I’m pleased to see the firm putting down deep roots in our region.”

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen added: “This goes to show the commitment companies like SeAH Wind are making and how serious they are about making their game changing projects a success for generations to come.

“I’m delighted we’ve been able to work with the College and Nordic to fund this programme – and I’m excited about the potential it has to grow.

“We’re leading the charge in the UK’s push towards Net Zero, and projects at Teesworks and within our Freeport are showing we are the true epicentre of green, well-paid jobs for people in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool and those beyond.”

The programme will see 20 budding welders join Nordic Product and Services with 10 at Middlesbrough College.

Matthew Hart, HR Manager from SeAH Wind, said: “Welding and Fabrication is a high demand skill and the SeAH Wind Academy is part of our overall recruitment plan to ensure we have the right number of skilled people to meet our requirements. The SeAH Wind Academy, along with our Apprenticeship Scheme in partnership with Hartlepool College of Further Education, is an opportunity to train and develop local people and create skilled workers for our factory.

“Applications for qualified Welders is expected to open in the New Year and we are still accepting expression of interest applications.

“We are delighted to be working with Nordic Products and Services and Middlesbrough College on these training and development academies as we are keen to give local people the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to have a successful career with SeAH Wind.  We are grateful for the support and assistance of the Tees Valley Combined Authority in making this a reality.”

Phil Blewitt, Assistant Principal Construction, Engineering & TTE at Middlesbrough College, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be involved in supporting such a prominent project for Teesside. The SeAH Wind facility is not only bringing jobs and inward investment but is helping to establish the area as a key player in the green revolution.

“With new jobs comes the opportunity to upskill local people, so they are ready for the wave of new roles and this scheme is the perfect chance to do just that.

“Ten part time students will be joining the scheme and we hope that as the project at Teesworks evolves there will be opportunities to involve more local people.”

Nordic Managing Director Mark Roddy added: “Nordic are delighted to lead this full-time training, supporting anyone who has the ambition and attitude to establish and advance their career in such an exciting sector.”

Applications for places are set to open in the New Year and candidates will be able to apply via SeAH Wind’s recruitment website or via the QR Code:

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