The construction and operation of an offshore wind farm can bring significant benefits to the neighbouring areas including jobs, skills and general economic benefits.
As part of our application for development consent, we will carry out a specific socio-economic benefit study to determine the benefits the projects could bring to the local and wider region.
The development, construction and operation of an offshore wind farm provides a wide range of opportunities for the supply chain.
At RWE, we aim to be one of the most cost-competitive offshore wind developers in the world and as such, we work closely with the supply chain to deliver real value into the industry. Offshore wind farms can deliver real benefits for the UK supply chain. Skills, economic growth and the development, construction and maintenance of our offshore wind farms represent important opportunities for the supply chain across the entire project lifecycle.
It will be some years before the DBS projects enter the construction phase, which is where many of the supply chain opportunities will be found but there are still plenty of opportunities for the UK supply chain during the development phase. There are already a number of UK suppliers working on the project carrying out our environmental impact assessment, surveys and professional services. As we move through the development phase, we will develop a Supply Chain Plan which will explain how we will work with the supply chain and boost opportunities for UK suppliers.
We will work hard to ensure businesses that work with and employ local people are aware of opportunities and able to bid for contracts related to the project.
DBS represents a significant investment within both the East Coast and UK economies. This, in turn, has positive spin-offs for businesses not necessarily directly involved in the project. Companies involved in everything from hotels to transport and office facilities to catering are involved in supporting the delivery of the project throughout its various phases of development, construction and operation.
If you are interested in supply chain opportunities with RWE across all projects and technologies, please register your details on the RWE Supply Chain portal.
DBS will be a major investment for the local area and wider region, and we will ensure that investment establishes a valuable and lasting legacy for local communities.
RWE aim to be ‘good neighbours’ and we like to work closely with local communities to ensure the least possible impacts from our construction works.
Working with local stakeholders, we will develop a Community Investment Package for DBS which will deliver lasting benefits to local communities. We will post more information around the package as it is developed.
Skills and Learning / Careers
RWE are already investing in job creation, in skills and training opportunities, and investigating STEM related education programmes to encourage local young people to make quality learning decisions, to learn quality skills, boost their employability and be better able to compete for and win new jobs with us and across the wider industry and region.
Together, we believe these measures will help protect and grow thriving, sustainable local economies and communities.
RWE’s Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm project developed a wide range of skills and careers materials including a Careers in Offshore Wind film and role case studies along with detailed lesson plans for teachers to use in their own schools.View Materials
RWE Wind Turbine Technician Apprenticeships
RWE has been running an NVQ Level 3 Wind Turbine Technician apprenticeship for almost 10 years now. It is a high quality course that has been specially designed to train candidates to a high level that meets the needs of the growing offshore industry.
The course lasts for three years, with two of those years in college, followed by a full year hands on experience while training at one of our offshore wind farm sites.
A national apprenticeships hub has been developed by RWE in North Wales and this is where the two years of college-based study takes place, fully supported by the business.
Many of the apprentices trained through our apprentice programme go on to work on projects like Triton Knoll, or the wider RWE fleet, or within other offshore wind companies in the UK.
Whether you’re a pupil, student, graduate or experienced professional: we are looking for great colleagues for our #TeamRWE!