The new jobs will service 3sun Group’s £6 million of new and existing contracts in offshore wind across the UK and internationally.
Demand for interviews was so high that extra managers were drafted in to make a team of eight interviewers to cut waiting times for the 150 walk-in appointments.
Applicants were mostly oil and gas workers worried about their futures during the sector downturn and seeking a new start and training for new roles in a growing new industry with “longevity”.
James Hodds, 34, filled in an application form after 12 years in the oil & gas industry. Currently self-employed working on a day rate basis on contracts for different companies worldwide, he was constantly anxious work would dry up.
“We have all seen it get so much harder in oil & gas in the last couple of years. I read about this event last week and retraining as a wind technician is something I have looked at for a while so it felt like the perfect opportunity to try to move career into new skills in a new area.
“This feels like the perfect opportunity to retrain for an industry that is growing, I am interested in and has so many future opportunities.”
A father and son were also among those waiting for interviews. Both work in the oil & gas industry with mechanical backgrounds and were concerned about the future. They did not want to be named because they were still employed by different companies.
“I really hope my son gets the opportunity to have a new start and build a career in the wind sector because that is where the future is. There is so little happening in oil & gas. I came along too because things are not getting better.”
On hand to offering advice to hopefuls as they waited was 3sun Group wind technician Dolphie Gray, who retrained four months ago after four years in the oil & gas industry as an ROV pilot after training as an electrician.
The 31-year-old has been working on the construction of the Rampion offshore wind farm off Brighton.
“I was working as an electrician and got all my offshore certificates off my own bat to move to work in oil & gas.
“The oil & gas work came to an abrupt end last year and I was offered a zero hours contract with no work. I had the choice of staying or looking elsewhere and the chance of an interview at 3sun came up, which was so lucky.
“For me, moving into the wind sector was all about the longevity and the future opportunities it offers as it grows. There will definitely be a lot of work ahead for those with the right skills and attitude.”