LM Wind hire for new blade plant

LM Wind PowerLM Wind Power announced the intention to recruit about 100 people until the end 2018 for its new offshore wind turbine blade plant in Cherbourg, France.

LM Wind say it will offer each new employee a training and certification program in the local centre of excellence, in preparation for the start of the prototyping phase expected in January 2019

Each new employee will participate in a four to six week theoretical and practical program, to gain the knowledge and skills required to manufacture wind turbine blades.

The training will take place in France and in our factories in Spain and Poland, in training centers, on production lines and during various workshops. The Cherbourg site trains teams of workers through this standardised process, based on experiential learning using the best training material, updated and supported by a technical team of professionals and mentors.

Duncan Berry, President and CEO, LM Wind Power said: "This plant will become a source of employment in the region. One hundred managers, technicians and operators on permanent contracts are to be filled in the year 2018. The recruitments will be pursued in 2019 and during periods of full production, the site should accommodate more than 550 people.” 

This facility will aims to provide a number of skilled jobs over the long term, benefitting the economy and the local community. The activity could also create up to 2000 indirect jobs in the region. 

The plant will serve customers in the growing European offshore wind turbine market, and will have the capability to produce the world's longest blade, a 107m length blade dedicated to GE’s Haliade-X 12MW wind turbine.

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