EU project aims to develop offshore wind education
Energy Innovation AS and Rogaland Vocational School with European partners have been granted support from the EU to develop offshore wind training and competence.
All together 12 partners from Norway, Denmark, Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands are involved in the project, supported by the EU program Erasmus+ with 4 million Euros. The aim is to establish a collaboration between several educational/vocational institutions and to connect the offshore wind industry with Norwegian schools. Norwegian Offshore Wind Cluster is an associate partner in the project, as well as Bouvet, a specialist in digitalization
-This is a result of hard work over a long period of time. To be rewarded this grant enables us to reach our goal of establishing Egersund Energy hub as a Centre of Vocational Excellence in offshore wind, says Frank Emil Moen, CEO of Energy Innovation and Innovation manager in Norwegian Offshore Wind Cluster.
One project result is to develop teaching materials for various competence profiles and training packages by using advanced digital aids and knowledge-based methods. The target group is students on a high school level and in vocational training.
-Over time, we will build competence in an emerging area of national importance for the use of the sea areas, says Geir Tuftedal, principal at Rogaland Vocational School.
EU advisor in Norwegian Offshore Wind Cluster, Tor Arne Johansen, says that this project shows that working systematically with EU grants over time pays off. It enables also commercial opportunities for the Norwegian supply chain in emerging markets outside Norway.
-Everyone involved in this has spent time establishing strong partnerships and collaboration. That´s a great recipe when applying for EU grants, says Johnsen.