Learn fast and have a head for heights
ADAM Barnard joined Ecotricity as an apprentice from Heta in 2010.
After spending a year in the workshop and classroom at Catch, including completing an engineering Technical Certificate and working towards an NVQ Level Three, the 22-year-old leapt straight into on-the-job training at Ecotricity.
He had to learn fast, and was soon repairing, maintaining and updating Ecotricity wind turbines across the length and breadth of the country.
He impressed everyone at Ecotricity and has now become the first apprentice to begin working for Ecotricity as a fully qualified wind turbine technician.
"Ecotricity had a pretty tough selection process," Adam said, "but the wind industry is a growing sector, so it was a role really worth pursuing. It was definitely the right decision for me.
"You have to have a head for heights and as long as you keep asking questions you can quickly get to grips with things. The hardest thing I've had to do was the wind turbine retro-fits – that's where we had to install new control systems into the older wind turbines to make them as quiet as our new ones – doing highly technical work at heights is pretty challenging.
"Every day is different, whether it's travelling up to Scotland or down to the West Country. And I do feel like I've got a good head start in an industry that has a good future."
Stephen Horry, head of the service team at Ecotricity, said: "Adam has moved from apprentice to fully qualified technician really quickly – he learnt all the relevant technical skills in no time, showed a real appetite to learn and is a credit to the HETA course. It was clear from the start he had the skills and the right attitude and we are delighted he has joined us full-time."