Andrew Jamieson, the Glasgow-based newly-appointed chief executive of the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, recently visited the National Renewable Energy Centre’s (Narec) world-leading testing facilities and met some of its newest apprentice recruits.
The visit follows the announcement that the two organisations are to merge, creating a national champion for the development and cost reduction of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy across the UK.
He toured the facility with outgoing Narec CEO Andrew Mill, and Ronnie Campbell, MP for Blyth Valley. He also met three of Narec’s newest apprentices; Vinny Haliburton (19) and Matthew Eltringham (19) from Blyth, and George Hedley (18) from Whitley Bay.
Matthew Eltringham said: “I was thrilled to find out I had been successful in gaining the apprenticeship with Narec, especially now I know how many other people I was up against.
“I chose to do an apprenticeship because I wanted to learn on-the-job; I think it’ll be a fantastic way to start my career. I’m really enjoying it so far.”