ENERCON will be opening a new Training Center in North Rhine-Westphalia, providing training courses to customers. The training venue will be aimed at operators and owners of ENERCON wind energy converters both from Germany and abroad, and is to be located in the region of Paderborn. In addition to rooms for theoretical training in topics such as how to operate an ENERCON wind energy converter; WEC technology; WEC safety; and maintenance and service measures, the infrastructure necessary to offer appropriate practical training will also be available. ENERCON announced its plans in Paderborn on Monday in the presence of Garrelt Duin, NRW Minister for Economic Affairs.
The new site represents an expansion of ENERCON’s training activities to include customers. The company already maintains comparable training sites in Aurich/Lower Saxony and Gotha/Thuringia, where, for example, Service and Installation technicians are trained in the use of ENERCON technology. The new site means training courses specifically for customers are added to the portfolio. “Our new Training Center will play a part in ensuring the long-term satisfaction of our customers”, Michael Hölscher, Managing Director of ENERCON Service Deutschland GmbH, explained as the plan was announced. “The technical challenges facing the wind energy sector are on the increase for our customers in particular. We see it as our responsibility to help, which is why we are expanding our training activities in this area.”
The new Training Center is set to be realised by the end of the year, and preparations are already underway. ENERCON aims to offer the first customer training courses from early 2018. Following a start-up phase in which the amount of training will be successively increased, ENERCON expects to welcome around 1,200 training participants each year. This will result in the need for up to 5,000 overnight stays in the area, which in turn will greatly benefit the hospitality industry.
ENERCON has installed more than 2,400 MW of wind energy capacity in North Rhine-Westphalia to date, and has been market leader in this federal state for some years now. With subsidiaries at the sites Scherfede (Service) and a further 17 decentralised Service stations, Soest (Sales and Project & Logistics Management) and Düsseldorf (Energy Marketing), ENERCON creates more than 220 direct jobs.