Boston Energy helps six ex-forces personnel swap their military boots for harnesses

August 16, 2021

Six ex-forces individuals have traded in their military boots for harnesses and helmets as they complete their entry-level training, ready to begin their new career in the wind industry working for Boston Energy as wind turbine technicians.

The UK is one of the leaders in renewable energy with wind energy generation accounting for 24% of total electricity generation in 2020. With the wind industry rapidly moving from strength to strength, the demand for technicians is higher than ever.

With a bespoke training centre available on-site at their Head Offices in Beverley, Boston Energy is dedicated to helping those who have ex-forces backgrounds utilising their transferrable skills and transitioning into a new career in the wind industry.

After spending eight years in the Royal Navy as a Marine Engineer, Matt Cocks has completed his turbine technician training with Boston Energy. He said:

“I wanted to get into the wind industry because it’s the future. With Boston Energy, we’ve completed all of the courses that are pre-requisites and the instructors are very professional. They have years of experience behind them and you can really see that in the training.”

Technicians in the wind industry are required to undertake mandatory training courses such as GWO and have strong technical skills, which is why many ex-forces members have moved into the industry already as they possess numerous transferrable skills that can be utilised in the wind energy sector.

After completing three tours of Afghanistan as a marine, Dom Butler left the force and completed a degree in mechanical engineering before coming to Boston Energy:

“Specifically, offshore renewable energy really appealed to me. In the final year of my degree, one of the modules I looked at was offshore wind energy. It really appealed to me and I knew it would fit with my background.

“I started to panic as I got to the end of university about not having a job, however, after submitting my CV, Boston Energy called me on a Wednesday, interviewed me on Thursday and I had an offer on Friday.”

Boston Energy provides highly skilled wind turbine technicians to their clients in the wind energy sector, working with customers across the UK, North-West Europe, USA, North Africa and South-East Asia, specializing in pre-assembly, maintenance, crane & repair and statutory inspection of both onshore and offshore wind turbines.

A variety of initial and technical training courses are available at the purpose-built training center in Beverley. These include a range of GWO and Allmi accredited courses. Boston Energy’s Technical Training team work closely with the SGRE Training Centre in Hull, UK, and have become the lead technical training supplier to SGRE for lifting courses.

If you are looking for your next opportunity and want to join the wind industry, get in touch at

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