The partnership between Lewis Wind Power and Lews Castle College UHI in providing graduates with vital engineering experience is now into its third year and going from strength to strength.
Each year Lewis Wind Power takes on graduates from the college and gives them experience of working at a variety of wind farm sites across the UK.
“EDF Energy Renewables and Lewis Wind Power have supported the college and our graduates with graduate placements and have contributed towards development of the Engineering Degree curriculum, delivered in partnership with the University of the Highlands. Specialists within the organisation have also delivered a number of guest lectures and have helped with technology research in recent years".
“The graduate placements in particular, have provided valuable industrial experience for our graduates giving them real world experience with an international energy company“ said Roddy Ferguson, Head of Technology, Lews Castle College UHI.
The graduate placements taken on by Lewis Wind Power, this year, were Calum Macdonald and Martin Zweifel. Both of the graduates worked on placements, fully funded by EDF Energy Renewables, at sites throughout the country and were also provided with part- time work after returning to Lews Castle College UHI to complete the final year of their Engineering and Business degrees .
Business Graduate Martin Zweifel said “learned a lot about the procedures involved in a windfarm development, Government regulations and the day to day activities of a large multinational Energy company. Over the two months, of my placement, Lewis Wind-Power partners-EDF-Energy Renewables included me in numerous community meetings, team meetings and tasks which provided me with valuable life skills for my future studies. I was amazed by the extensive work done by the EDF-Energy Renewables team to ensure an all-round positive outcome for all parties involved in wind farm developments. “
Engineering Graduate Calum Macdonald added “As a mature student I was surprised to be given the opportunity of a Summer Internship with EDF Energy Renewables . It provided me with a great opportunity to visit windfarms across the country, and gain invaluable experience and insights into the Renewables industry to support me with my Engineering degree studies at Lews Castle College UHI. The staff from EDF Energy Renewables were very supportive during my Internship and my continuing work with Lewis Wind Power”.
Mr Macdonald is currently employed on a part-time basis by Lewis Wind-Power - while he completes his Engineering degree at Lews Castle College UHI.
Don Mackay, of Lewis Powers EDF Energy Renewables, said “We at Lewis Wind Power were delighted with the performance of the Lews Castle graduates who have worked with us this year and over the last three years.
“They are a credit to the community and Lewis Wind Power is committed to continuing to develop our links with Lews Castle College UHI and the University of the Highlands and Islands on further opportunities for the island community with further placements.
“Lewis Wind Power has also had preliminary discussions with Lews Castle to discuss the Innovation Centre - which they are planning in Stornoway and we would hope to support its development in the future.”
Pictured are Lews Castle College UHI graduates Calum Macdonald and Martin Zweifel with Darren Cumming of Lewis Wind Power [and EDF Energy Renewables] and Roddy Ferguson, Head of Technology - Lews Castle College UHI.