RenewableUK 2010 sees first UK apprentice scheme for renewable
04-Nov-10by Annie Byrne
The RenewableUK 2010 exhibition this week welcomed Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond, who used the occasion to mark the launch of the first Modern Apprenticeship for the renewables industry.Salmond commended the collaborative efforts of those involved in delivering the Wind Turbine Technician Modern Apprenticeship (WTTMA) during the wind and marine energy trade body’s key exhibition,"The WTTMA is an exciting first for Scotland and the UK,” he said. “The Scottish Government delivered more than 20,000 Modern Apprenticeships last year and we expect another 20,000 this year. Construction and related sectors are now incorporating training for low carbon technologies.”Salmond went on to congratulate those embarking on the scheme and thanked the employers and partners who help deliver it. “This is a truly significant step for the industry,” added RenewableUK chief executive, Maria McCaffery MBE. “Over the next decade, the UK expects to see the contribution to electricity from wind to increase to around 30 per cent, from the five per cent it stands at today. With a 12-fold increase in the number of employees needed to fuel this growth, training initiatives such as the apprenticeship are absolutely crucial.”RenewableUK 2010 took place 2-4 November at The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.