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[PRESS RELEASE] ITC First develops new qualification for renewable Industry

Hartlepool based Awarding Organisation, ITC First, in collaboration with Stockton Riverside College (part of the etc. group) have developed a new regulated qualification.  The ITC Level 3 Certificate in Safe Working Practice in the Wind Turbine Industry will provide adults in the North East with an opportunity to gain essential skills and knowledge to enter the wind energy sector.


The Teesside area has positioned itself as a key location for supporting services for the growing Renewable energy sector, especially wind energy. Historically potential employees seeking to enter the wind energy sector had to potentially pay out thousands of pounds for basic safety training certification.  Now with the advent of this new ITC regulated qualification, alternative avenues for learner/student funding should become available.  The end result will be greater access and employment of skilled workers for employers from Teesside.


The new qualification, is based on Global Wind Organisation (GWO) international and national standards of safety and technical training for wind turbine technicians and support staff.  It covers subjects including mechanics, hydraulics and basic electrical, first aid, working at height, sea survival, mechanics.  The new ITC qualification is the full package for entrants to this expanding sector. 


The qualification has gained support from the Global Wind Organisation (GWO), influential training providers and employers and aims to be eligible for funding from local and national providers.  The current target group of learners are those leaving the armed services, looking to transition into employment into the wind energy sector, but the qualification is open to all.


ITC First CEO, Mark Moore said “the North East, and Teesside, in particular are quickly becoming a key location in the UK for renewable energy and net-zero technology.  This new qualification will provide opportunities for local people to gain employment in this growing sector and allow those with the transferrable skills to quickly transition.”


The ITC Level 3 Certificate in Safe Working Practice in the Wind Turbine Industry goes live on 1 April 22.  Anyone interested in completing this qualification should contact Stockton Riverside College about course availability or ITC First for more information about the qualification itself.




More about ITC First

ITC First ( is a Hartlepool-based Awarding Organisation regulated by Ofqual and an Awarding Body regulated by SQA Accreditation.  ITC First develops, maintains and supports regulated qualifications, offered by Centres both across the UK and internationally.  It typically specialises in qualifications that support outdoor and remote workers and has a legacy of supporting outdoor education and the renewable energy sector.