Recruitment starts for 350 offshore jobs in Teeside

Details of a massive recruitment drive to find 350 workers at new offshore firm Teesside-based Offshore Structures (Britain) Ltd have emerged.

The company, which took over the former TAG Energy Solutions site at Haverton Hill, announced a major contract to supply turbine parts with Dong Energy last month.

Hartlepool-based recruiter Adept Professional Services is working with the partnership to fill the huge range of roles needed to make the site operational by August.

Kelly Adamson, managing director of Adept, said recruitment is already underway for an initial 100 jobs, including everything from shop floor operators to managers and supervisors.

Interviewing for technical professional roles will begin in the next two weeks before the first tranche of workers is installed at the site. A further 250 workers will be recruited before the anticipated August launch date.

Mrs Adamson said Offshore Structures had shown a commitment to sourcing skilled workers from the North-east, and may even train a proportion of the workforce in Germany.

The recruiter, who hailed funding in Adept from the Investment for Growth initiative as a “springboard” for her company’s move into this latest contract, said: “In talking to the company I realised that Adept and OSB shared a similar ethos — one that centres around quality. The company has certainly demonstrated to us their commitment to recruiting skilled people from the region, investing in their workforce with training and developing long-term jobs.

“OSB’s investment is fantastic for the region and I’m sure it will create a wealth of supply chain opportunities for other companies in the region. It is a huge vote of confidence in Adept for us to be working on the project. I’m glad our hard work has paid off in being recognised this way.”

Offshore Structures (Britain) Ltd is the result of a partnership between Denmark’s Bladt Industries and Germany’s EEW SPC, which bought the assets of TAG after it closed and went into administration.

Under their new banner, the two firms are now investing up to £35m in the site, which announced its first major contract with Dong Energy earlier this month.

The new venture will supply turbine parts for 32 turbines, bound for the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm in Liverpool Bay.

Karl Klös-Hein, managing director EEW SPC said: “The UK is a world leader in offshore wind technology with the North-east and the Tees Valley in particular, having great capacity in this area both in terms of knowledge and manufacturing potential. I am hopeful that this will be the first of many contracts for the region, and that further investment in our people and our area will follow.”

Source: The Gazette


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