Ocean Winds increases support for armed forces leavers

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 18/05/2022 Ocean Winds

Ocean Winds (OW), a 50-50 joint venture in 2020 by EDP Renewables and ENGIE, is boosting its efforts to support service leavers and their families transition to the offshore wind sector. The company has signed the Armed Forces Covenant to mark a new phase of activity to support the transition of relevant skills into the offshore wind sector.

An internal Armed Forces Champion has been agreed, himself a former Royal Marine, to progress the programme. The objectives of the programme are to ensure that veterans are aware of and enthused about the opportunities in the offshore wind sector, and that veterans, reservists and their families working for OW are well supported.

Ocean Winds stated that it is connecting with relevant stakeholder groups to ensure effective links are made to create awareness of the growing number of opportunities across the sector, as well as those on the growing list of OW projects in the UK.

Dan Finch, Country Manager for UK for OW, commented: “I am delighted that we are enhancing our Armed Forces support by signing the Armed Forces Covenant and having a plan to deliver against those pledges. Investing time to support the skills transition for veterans and their families through this programme is good news for the armed forces and for skilled Scottish jobs in the offshore wind sector. I am confident that by being able to demonstrate the positive impact that our offshore wind farms are having in Scotland’s capital city and coastal communities will encourage more veterans to see a great career in the sector, helping to deliver the vital public good that will be Net Zero.

"The newly revealed scale of the project pipeline in the UK will require additional efforts to attract talent to develop and maintain those new projects. As we know already from the veterans we employ, Armed Forces leavers offer relevant experience and the right attitude. This new programme will boost our connections with the Services community and support a successful transition.”

Ocean Winds is currently developing, building or operating three offshore wind projects in Moray Firth (Moray East -950 MW-, Moray West -860 MW- and Caledonia – 1 G). It also has two projects in France and an interest in early early stage sites in Poland. In addition, the company is developing floating projects in Europe and Asia.

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