“I am really pleased the ETZ has recognised the value of the scholarship programme and partnered with the ECITB and Nescol to deliver this important training.
“This launch is a very exciting development, not just for the city but for the engineering construction industry as a whole. It is vital that we invest now to attract new entrants to the industry, to meet workforce needs as energy transition activities are accelerated.”
Susan Grant, Nescol Associate Vice Principal Curriculum, Planning and Partnerships, said: “Energy transition is a crucial part of the Regional Economic Strategy and North East Scotland College is committed to playing a leading role in developing the skills and knowledge required to embrace new and exciting opportunities.
“We are delighted to be working with ECITB and ETZ to deliver the Energy Transfer and Wind Turbine Technician Scholarships and to provide a new pathway for the next generation of engineers as they take their first steps towards sustainable and rewarding careers.
“This investment in the workforce of the future is very welcome as part of the College’s wider focus on green energy, working closely with industry partners to support a rapidly evolving sector.”
Nationwide, the ECITB Scholarship has already prepared 260 scholars for careers in the engineering construction industry since its inception in 2020 to help employers withstand the economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis. The programme, which lasts 1-2 years, delivers training focused on regional skills shortages. Scholars who complete the programme possess the foundation skills to move into apprenticeships and employment in industry.