Happily, they have now secured new jobs – two of 100 new wind turbine technicians – helping to assemble the 56 x 6MW German-built turbines for the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm at a pre-assembly yard in Great Yarmouth.
Former RAF engineer Marshall, 36, was a mechanical hydraulic engineer. Made redundant in 2015, he moved into a lower level offshore job for a year before facing redundancy again.
He said: “The wind industry can use a lot of the skills I already have. I can do mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and working at height. I’m enjoying the training and looking forward to starting work.”
Hills, 46, added: “Some of my skills from oil and gas have been transferable. I am a mechanic by trade, I have worked on oil rigs so working at height isn’t an issue. I am used to working abroad for long periods.”