Scotland’s job-skills Minister visits Irvine-based renewable energy training academy

Scottish skills and employment Minister Jamie Hepburn (centre) with Prontoport wind turbine trainees
Scottish skills and employment Minister Jamie Hepburn (centre) with Prontoport wind turbine trainees

Scottish skills and training minister Jamie Hepburn, MSP, has visited an energy skills company to see trainees developing the new know-how they need to build careers in the Scottish renewables industry.

Ayrshire-based Prontoport supplies consultancy, engineering support and maintenance to windfarms across the UK and has carried out service or repair work on over half of the UK’s wind farm assets.               

Its Training Academy in Irvine – now in its second year – develops manpower and skills to meet the needs of this growing sector; upskilling new and existing workers alike to build safe and successful careers in wind energy and beyond.

In addition to winning a further two-year contract with Siemens recently, Prontoport has also extended its role with Scottish Power.

Hepburn, Scottish Minister for Employability and Training, said: “Scotland has had huge success in renewable energy and we continue to fully support it as part of our transition to a low carbon economy, which brings with it additional economic benefits to our communities.

“It is vital that we have the skills in Scotland to maintain the safety and efficiency of the industry. Prontoport is an example of a company that recognises this importance, by providing people with the right skills and training they need to reach their full potential.

“Prontoport is removing the barriers to work, improving opportunities for individuals and ultimately helping to boost Scotland’s economy.”

The Prontoport Training Academy also works with a range of agencies, including the Wise Group, DWP and CEIS Ayrshire to help people find work or change careers into renewable energy.

Managing Director Scott Telfer, commented: “The skills to work in these sectors are still relatively new. That’s why we set up the Prontoport Training Academy 18 months ago. 

“Working at the top of a turbine, either on or offshore, can be exhilarating and provide a great career. Prontoport is a key part of the process to keep everything and everyone working safely at the top of their game. And to ensure we have the skills required to make the most of Scotland’s natural, renewable assets.”

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