BCC signs w/ UK energy inst.
While participating in the US-UK Offshore Wind Ports & Supply Chain Delegation in London and Hull, England, Bristol Community College President Dr. Laura L. Douglas visited the Center for Assessment of Technical Competency in the Humber (CATCH) Institute, today, to sign a memorandum of understanding between BCC and the CATCH Institute.
The CATCH Institute, in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, England, is an industry-led partnership supporting the process, energy, engineering, and renewable industries in the Humber (Northern England) region. CATCH operates a world-renowned CATCH training facility that provides skills, training, and competency solutions for industries across the UK and internationally.
CATCH will provide BCC with technical assistance, including a “train the trainer” program, a student knowledge transfer, overseas training program, and will support BCC’s vision of building a national offshore wind training center in New Bedford, Mass.
The partnership creates a framework for collaboration in the field of offshore wind to support educational training and skills development activities for the benefit of the UK and USA, with the ultimate goal of creating a strong, vibrant, and sustainable industry.
“The United Kingdom is a global leader in all segments of the offshore wind industry, with over half of the world’s wind capacity,” said President Laura L. Douglas. “BCC is pleased to enter into partnership with CATCH. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about successful public-private partnerships in offshore wind, and to bring those best practices in training and competency solutions back to our region.”
Prior to the signing, President Douglas has been participating in the US-UK Offshore Wind Ports & Supply Chain Delegation this week, at the invitation of the British Embassy in Washington, DC. She joins a delegation comprised of business executives, organized labor representatives, and state and local officials from Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.
The program highlights the UK’s experience developing a successful offshore wind sector on the commercial scale. The visit has included presentations about best practices in offshore wind that have led to significant social and economic benefits in the UK. The delegation has also visited offshore wind manufacturing companies, training facilities for workforce development, and ports in Hull and Grimsby, England, utilized for the development of offshore wind farms.
The itinerary has included meetings with Atkins Global, a design, engineering and project management consultancy in offshore wind; JDR Cable, a world-class provider of subsea technologies and services; RenewableUK, the trade association for wind power, wave power and tidal power industries in the United Kingdom; Team Humber Marine Alliance (THMA), a non-profit corporation representing businesses working in the marine and offshore sectors throughout the Humber region; ORE Catapult, the UK’s flagship technology and innovation research center; the Maritime and Coastguard Agency; the University of Hull, and more.
On December 20, 2017, BCC signed a memorandum of agreement with Bay State Wind to partner in the development of the workforce requirements and effective training models needed to create a vibrant and sustainable offshore wind industry, and to explore a collaboration with the college, and other industry stakeholders, to develop an offshore wind training center in New Bedford, Mass.
(For more information about the memorandum of agreement between Bristol Community and Bay State Wind.)
BCC is currently offering an Engineering Technology/Offshore Wind Power Technology concentration of its Associate in Science in Engineering Technology (Offshore Wind Power Technology), as well as a Certificate of Recognition in Offshore Wind Power Technician. Both programs prepare students to work as technicians for the offshore wind power industry.
Students learn aspects of engineering technology such as electrical machinery, fluid systems, materials science, and strength of materials, and gain hands-on experience with assembly, installation, operation, and maintenance of wind power systems.