Jobs and Training
There are currently no new jobs available with Viking Energy. But one of the many big positives from Scotland's renewable energy revolution is the number of good jobs being created, particularly in rural areas.
Viking Energy will add to that in the coming years.
By 2013 there were an estimated 5,400 jobs in onshore wind in Scotland among 21,000 jobs across the Scottish renewables industry, according to a briefing report by Scottish Renewables.
Viking Energy's job vacancies and training opportunities will appear on these pages in the future, before being advertised in the local press.
In the meantime, one of Viking's partners, SSE, advertises its jobs online, some of which are in the Highlands and Islands, including Shetland.
SSE already has a long and proud history of training Shetlanders to work for Scottish Hydro Electric in the islands. SSE's wind farms around Scotland are engaged in employing local people.
Among them is Katy Fraser from Aberfeldy (right) who has been doing an apprenticeship as a wind turbine technician with the nearby Griffin wind farm. Here's what she thinks . . .
Viking Energy is committed to ensuring that as much work as possible relating to the wind farm stays local. We will be working very closely with the Shetland business community to maximise opportunities before they become available in the coming years.
At this stage it is vital that any local supplier, contractor or service provider who wishes to be considered for future contracts gets signed up to the SSE Open4Business Highlands and Islands portal https://www.sseopen4business-highlands.com/
This is a free service and, once you have registered, you are entitled to apply for the many contracts on offer throughout the region and beyond.
Shetland firm L&M Engineering maintains turbines at Burradale Wind Farm Recently there have been contracts for:
- Supply of boiler suits
- Bed and breakfast accommodation
- Fencing and road surfacing
- Subsea cabling
- Multi-million pound wind farm construction works
Once registered, you can also advertise your own opportunities, such as sub-contracting work for SSE projects. You can use the portal to advertise your own opportunities if you are looking for suppliers.
SSE wants to be the best in the Highlands and Islands at engaging with local and small-to-medium enterprises and to be the most ‘Open for Business’ company in the region. Viking Energy plans to take that approach a step further when its activities begin to gather pace.