Installation is underway of a wind turbine training facility at the Port of Blyth as part of a £1m investment in training provision aimed at the offshore energy sector. The Port of Blyth, through its training arm Port Training Services, purchased, modified and installed a Vestas V47 turbine, which has been developed as a dedicated training facility. The erected turbine features a duplicate nacelle unit for safer use with trainees while the original nacelle is located at ground level for technical training. Port of Blyth’s Chief Executive, Martin Lawlor, said: “Seeing the turbine being hoisted into position is a great milestone for us. Port Training Services has been at the forefront of the port skills agenda for many years and this development represents a huge opportunity for them to widen their offering to a high growth sector in the coming years. “We see a key role for ourselves in supporting the development of talent right through from schools engaging with our Blyth STEM Hub initiative to our training partnerships with local colleges and this facility is an exciting extension of that. The region and indeed the UK as a whole will benefit from this facility through the development of key skills relating to offshore energy and we’re very much looking forward to unveiling it to the industry.” The facility has benefitted from funding from the Coastal Communities Fund and will offer the opportunity for realistic training in relation to working at height, rope access, blade repair & inspection techniques, advanced rescue and emergency response simulation.