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RES creates local apprenticeship opportunity with Sutherland firm

by RES | Aug 17, 2021 | Reading time: 3 min

An agreement has been signed by leading renewable energy company, RES, to support a four-year engineering apprenticeship with Brora-based Edward Mackay Contractor.

The apprenticeship will provide a young person residing in the Brora, Golspie or Helmsdale area with the opportunity to build valuable knowledge and skills on the job with Edward Mackay, whilst also working towards an HNC qualification in civil engineering.

Gavin Shirley, Development Project Manager at RES, explained: “From public consultation on our Kintradwell Wind Farm proposal, one of the key priorities for the community was establishing real local jobs. In response to this we partnered with Edward Mackay – who employ around 100 people in the local area – and signed an agreement giving them right of first offer on the civil contruction work, should the project receive consent.


“Furthermore, we also wanted to demonstrate our commitment to Edward Mackay and the wider community in the short term by supporting a local apprenticeship. We believe that this apprenticeship will give a young member of the community a fantastic career opportunity to develop a wide range of skills and experience with a local business.”


Liam Mackay, Director at Edward Mackay, added “We’re really delighted to be able to offer this apprenticeship in partnership with RES as it’s a great opportunity to support and upskill a young person in our local community. We have been engaging with Golspie High School and already received interest from pupils, so we plan to start the apprenticeship towards the end of the summer.


It’s great that RES has stepped up and shown such a willingness to work with local businesses and our young people around their proposed Kintradwell Wind Farm. If we’re going to successfully transition to renewables we need local communities and businesses to benefit and that’s exactly the approach RES is taking here.” 

A Section 36 application for the 15-turbine Kintradwell Wind Farm proposal, which lies approximately 8 km north of Brora, was submitted into planning in February and if consented the project would be capable of generating enough clean, low-cost electricity for approximately 70,000 homes – helping to make an important contribution towards net-zero carbon targets and tackling climate change.

In addition, Kintradwell is predicted to deliver approximately £4 million of economic benefit to the local area in the form of jobs, and use of local services as well as at least £18.5 million in business rates to The Highland Council during its operation.


About RES

RES is the world’s largest independent renewable energy company active in onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage, transmission and distribution. At the forefront of the industry for 39 years, RES has delivered more than 21GW of renewable energy projects across the globe and supports an operational asset portfolio exceeding 7.5GW worldwide for a large client base. Understanding the unique needs of corporate clients, RES has secured 1.5GW of power purchase agreements (PPAs) enabling access to energy at the lowest cost. RES employs more than 3,000 people and is active in 10 countries.

Since 1993, RES has developed and/or constructed 19 onshore wind farms across the country and now employs over 100 staff in Scotland. Projects developed by RES include Forss Wind Farm, located near Thurso in Caithness. For further information about RES, visit www.res-group.com.

The Kintradwell Wind Farm proposal has been through a number of design changes in response to local feedback and site survey work and has been scaled back from the original 22-turbine layout, resulting in reduced visibility of the proposal – particularly from the Brora and Doll area. For more information, please visit the project website at www.kintradwell-windfarm.co.uk

For more information, contact:

Callum Whiteford 

RES Press Office 

+44 141 404 5560 

+44 7500 937 925 

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