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By Fiona Reid
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New graduate scheme aims to boost sector

A PIONEERING graduate placement scheme has been launched to help tackle the skills gap in the renewables industry.

It’s the result of a special partnership between Dumfries and Galloway College and Natural Power.

The six-month placement programme has been developed to provide candidates with a well-rounded experience on live projects – doing actual work – as well as learning softer skills such as interview techniques.

And the first three placements are now underway with Jonathan Payne, of Moniaive; Iain McColm, of Dumfries; and Christopher Whitehead, of Cargenbridge, pictured, all attached to the service operations team supporting Windy Standard Wind Farm in Dumfries and Galloway. The trio are all graduates of the college’s wind turbine technician course.

If it proves successful, Natural Power want to roll out the initiative with other colleges across Scotland.

Service delivery manager James Hamilton said: “Launching this transformative initiative is a significant accomplishment and marks an important milestone, not just for our organisation but for the industry at large – it is the culmination of extensive effort and dedication from all those involved.

“By welcoming new local talent, we are not only enriching our workforce but also fostering strong connections within our community. This initiative aligns with our unwavering commitment to nurturing talent and investing in the future of renewable energy.”

College principal Joanna Campbell added: “DGC is delighted to collaborate with Natural Power to deliver this innovative graduate placement scheme.

“This initiative is a roadmap to the future in renewable energy skills.”

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