Army, electrician to wind turbine technician

After seven years in the army, John went back to college to train as an electrician. He later took up a position with Windhoist, leading him to win a top Renewables Award.

Having left the army after seven years, John Freeburn went back to college to train as an electrician. It was there that John first heard about training that would enable him to work on wind turbines and eventually John took up a position with leading wind turbine installation contractor, Windhoist

Training and working at Windhoist has enabled John to develop a career as a wind turbine technician, and his hard work was recently recognised at the Scottish Renewables Young Professionals Green Energy Awards 2018, where he picked up the award, sponsored by the Centre for Work Based Learning.

The Young Professionals Green Energy Awards recognises those who have achieved beyond all expectations, who are pioneering new ideas and have the drive and ambition to change the renewable energy industry for the better.

Having only started with Windhoist in June 2017, John has proved a confident and capable wind turbine technician in a short space of time.

Commenting on his position and award win, John said: “The opportunities I’ve been given with my job are more than I could have dreamed of. I work with a great crew, often away from home seeing new parts of Scotland, the UK and abroad, in an industry that’s keen to develop its workforce and give people, whatever their background, age or sex, great opportunities.

“I trained with people from a variety of backgrounds and a range of ages, most of whom had never worked on turbines before. Now we’re all working together building turbines and the sense of achievement is incredible.

“I love my job and to win this award at the Young Professionals Green Energy Awards makes it even more rewarding.”

Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, the industry body which organises the Young Professionals Green Energy Awards, said: “I’m very impressed by the level of talent showcased at the Young Professionals Green Energy Awards this year.

“The winners have shown skills beyond their years of experience and they’re certainly punching well above their weight in their new careers. They are truly the best and brightest of our industry.

“What stands out for me is the dedication and professionalism shown by all of our shortlisted entrants. Their achievements absolutely demonstrate their commitment to both their careers and to the future of renewable energy.”

David Coyne, Director of the Centre for Work-based Learning said: “John should be extremely proud of his achievements. His commitment to developing new skills during his working life is impressive. 

“John’s example shows the vital contribution that work-based learning can make to the developing the workforce Scotland needs now and in the future.”

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