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Wind Towers (Scotland) Ltd seeking first ever apprentices

04 September 2012

Wind Towers (Scotland) Ltd, a business growing through investment from SSE and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), is delighted to announce it is now recruiting for its first ever apprentices to join its turbine tower manufacturing and assembly plant at Machrihanish, Campbeltown.

The two successful candidates will have the opportunity to gain a Modern Apprenticeship in either Electrical Fitting Maintenance or Welding. During the duration of their training the apprentices' time will be split between gaining hands on experience at the manufacturing plant in Machrihanish, whilst also receiving academic and practical training at Anniesland College.

Applicants need to be between 16 and 18 years of age and have five standard grade passes, including Maths, English and a Science, all at grade 3 or above. Applications are being handled by Elizabeth McBrayne at Job Centre Plus and to apply, or find out more information, please contact Elizabeth at

Last month SSE increased its stake in Wind Towers (Scotland) Ltd to 80.1% and SSE's Managing Director of Group Services, Jim McPhillimy, is delighted to follow this with today's announcement that Wind Towers is now investing in the future workforce of the plant.

He said: "We are delighted to announce Wind Towers (Scotland) Ltd is now recruiting for its first ever apprentices. As Scotland's sole turbine tower manufacturer, the apprentices will play a key role in helping Scotland achieve its renewable targets. We look forward to hearing from enthusiastic youngsters in the local area, interested in pursuing an exciting career in the renewables industry."

Douglas Cowan, HIE's area manager for Argyll and the Islands, said: "Wind Towers (Scotland) Ltd is one of Scotland's most promising high-growth energy companies and is leading the way in the manufacture of towers. It offers the perfect training ground for the next generation of skilled craftsmen. The business' investment in people, as well as in infrastructure, is testament to its commitment to see it fulfil its potential in the sector."

Damien Yeates, Chief Executive of Skills Development Scotland (SDS) said: "The employment opportunities within the Scottish renewable sector are vast, with the potential for tens of thousands of new jobs to be created between now and 2020. It is vital that we continue to produce the skills and expertise that will support the sector in the long-term. We are delighted that Wind Towers (Scotland) Ltd has seen the value and potential of recruiting Modern Apprentices to provide the much needed skilled electrical fitters and welders, who will be critical in meeting future business needs."


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