|Knowledge sharing: Scanel apprentices with masters of their trades
Offshore, marine and wind installation has been added to the curriculum at Danish technical institutes following a direct consultation process with market leaders including Scanel International.
Electrical, electromechanical and electronic training with focus on these three areas was introduced at several institutes when the 2015-16 academic year commenced in August.
At the same time, Scanel expanded its renowned apprenticeship programme. Previously it employed 10 apprentices at any given time. It has just increased that to 13, and in 2016 will employ 16.
“Electrical work for the marine, offshore and wind industries is a specialist trade within a specialist trade,” says Scanel HR Manager Stig Knudsen.
“There was a clear lack of new and specialised electricians. We’re one of the biggest players on the market, so we led the way. There were no specialist courses, so we had to train our own people.”
“Marine, offshore and wind power require specific expertise. There are also niche skills within those segments. For instance, there’s a difference between working on a new ship or an upgrade. So we hired apprentices, gave them specialist training, then employed them when they qualified.”
Scanel was therefore asked to advise when Region Nordjylland [the authority for the Northern Denmark Region] recently developed vocational training programmes designed to meet the needs of major employers.
The result is the new Ship’s Electrician training programme at EUC Nord technical college in Frederikshavn, and focus on offshore and marine skills for Electromechanical Technicians (Zealand Institute of Business and Technology in Nykøbing-Falster) and Electronic Technicians (Viborg Technical School).
New Scanel apprentices are now required to complete three of these selective subjects:
- Electrical installation; ship
- Electrical installation; offshore
- Electrical installation; wind
- Lighting design and control
“We applaud the institutes for focussing on specific future needs.” says Stig Knudsen. “We are pleased to match that commitment by taking on even more apprentices.”