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Growth potential for renewable energy academy

The newly-opened Energy Academy in Wallsend, North Tyneside, already has 80 students and is expecting more, say its administrators.

The growth in numbers is expected in line with the increasing requirement for renewable energy skills, combined with plans to introduce more renewable resources into the area.

Jim Hubbard, director of the school of applied science and technology, told the Evening Chronicle News: “The students start off with hands-on basic skills that are developed over the duration of their course and lead on to engineering.

“Many will leave school after completing their GCSEs at 16 and enrol here. After two years, they will be work-ready.

“But they can continue with the training and go on to finish a foundation degree in renewables, gaining all the knowledge and skills for a career in the green industry.”

The Energy Academy offers courses on both manufacturing and design, with students able to choose from qualifications at apprenticeship, diploma and degree levels.