Energising Harwich

“Energising Harwich” was a project involving a consortium of employers led by A J Woods Engineering in partnership with Colchester Institute, which supported local people in the Harwich and Tendring area to access new jobs in the offshore renewable energy industry.

Harwich is one of the UK's biggest wind ports. It was used as the installation base for the Gunfleet Sands and Greater Gabbard offshore wind farms and preparations are currently underway for the next rounds of offshore wind farm contracts which will be the largest offshore development in the World. The project, which won funding under the Employer Ownership of Skills pilot from UK CES, aimed to ensure that local people have the necessary skills and qualifications for employment by the major contractors working on the planned construction of the East Anglia One Wind Farm.
This innovative project looked to support a minimum of 40 businesses in developing the skills of their current workforce and to train 100 new individuals with the skills to provide a “Passport to Work” in the sector. The Management Board for the Project was chaired by George Kieffer.