Revitalising coastal towns through offshore wind energy
Once a bustling seaside town, Great Yarmouth has changed a great deal since its glory days. For centuries, it was an important fishing port with varying success in the oil and gas industry later down the line. Nowadays, Great Yarmouth’s fishing industry has seen a significant decline and many believe the town has fallen victim to the same fate as many other overlooked seaside towns, with a distinct lack of funding available for improvement. Now, it seems that for Great Yarmouth and many other coastal towns in a similar position, things could finally be looking up.
World leaders in offshore wind energy
Over the past 10 years, the UK has emerged as a world leader in offshore wind energy, with the world’s largest offshore wind farm opening in the Irish Sea in 2018. It’s predicted that in the next 20 years, over £30 billion will be spent in offshore wind in the East of England alone.
Great Yarmouth has quickly become integral for the construction, operation and maintenance of major wind farms due for completion in the next year, including ScottishPower Renewables’ £2.5bn East Anglia One wind farm and both Swedish energy firm Vattenfall’s wind farms, set to become the next biggest wind farm in the world.
Many locals who have struggled to find employment are now finding opportunities in the wind farm industry, with thousands of jobs predicted to arise from upcoming projects. Free engineering courses are currently being offered to residents enabling them to train as wind turbine technicians. It’s giving people increased hope and optimism for the future of their careers.
With the high levels of unemployment in Great Yarmouth at present, wind energy is allowing residents to thrive once again amid a growing wave of renewable energy. The intense course trains candidates on how to handle a crisis when at sea as well as developing a strong head for heights. Once trained, candidates will be able to apply for roles in the industry with starting salaries well above the minimum wage.
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