Technician Newsletter January 2024

Welcome to the second edition of Boston Energy’s Technician Newsletter for 2024! As we navigate through an exciting year filled with advancements and opportunities, we aim to keep you informed and engaged with the latest company updates from the global Boston Energy team. From regional updates and health and safety, to professional development and success stories from the field, we are committed to supporting your growth and excellence in the energy sector. Thank you for being an integral part of our team, and we look forward to another successful quarter together!

As always, let’s kick things off with an update from our CEO, Julian Cattermole – happy reading!

 

 

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400

+

technicians deployed during peak period in 2023/2024.

100

+

new entrant technicians welcomed to the Boston Energy team since 2012.

£

700k

invested in technician training in 2023.

New to industry

Transfer Technician, Rachel

“Since I made the big decision to leave the Army I definitely haven’t looked back. Its been hard, I’ve been knocked back multiple times, told by multiple people I wouldn’t and couldn’t make it and you know what, all that negative energy made me work harder and prove to everyone I CAN AND I WILL!

I just can’t wait to start now! I’ll be forever grateful to the team at Boston Energy for giving me this opportunity and looking forward to working closely with the team at sea.”

Meet the team

Mechanical Technician, Igor

“I’m absolutely loving my time here! The Baltic Eagle wind farm is an amazing project to work on, and I’m feeling so proud to be a part of it. The scenery is just stunning, and I get to spend my days outdoors, surrounded by nature. Plus, the team is fantastic – we’re all working together to ensure the turbines are running smoothly and efficiently.

I think what I enjoy most about working at Boston Energy is the sense of camaraderie and collaboration that’s present throughout the entire organization. Everyone is so passionate about what they do, and it’s contagious! We’re all working towards a common goal, which is to provide clean and renewable energy to our customers. Plus, the training and support we receive are top-notch – it’s clear that Boston Energy invests in its employees’ growth and development.”

 

Technician Spotlight

Graham

My journey in the wind industry has only ever been with Boston Energy; they gave me the opportunity to get started which I am extremely grateful for. Everyone in the office I’ve worked with has always been really helpful and supportive and the opportunities are there for people to get into the industry and transfer from another industry. It’s great for young people to come in and carve out a career, but if you do come from a job with transferable skills the opportunities are there to progress too.

 

 

Women into Wind...

Rebecca

I’ve wanted this career for a while – It’s been about five years and up to now I’d never really had my chance to get my foot in the door of the wind industry. I’m quite a driven person and so I’d set myself a 10-year plan to achieve my goals, and when I finally got my GWO’s and was lucky enough to go to Denmark to do my SGTT training through Boston Energy, I knew I was finally getting the ball rolling to be exactly where I wanted to be.

I’ve always liked to challenge myself and put myself outside of my comfort zone having previously worked in stereotypically male-dominated environments, playing professional football and in my previous career. Not everybody wants to sit behind a desk, and I’m excited to prove that I am more than capable of rising to the challenge and being just as good as my colleagues.

 

Catching up with...

Frank

I’ve been in the wind industry since 2014, and I’ve seen a lot of development in my time, which is why it’s such an exciting industry to be in. Compared to when I first began this career the technology is so much more advanced, and the turbines are a lot bigger – especially the direct drive wind turbines. They’re only going to get bigger too. I think my favourite part about working in this industry is just being able to stand back and have that moment where you think “We put that turbine up, and its going to be there forever.” It’s a great sense of achievement. Especially when you’ve been in the hub for hours, you’ve tightened the last blade up and you’re able to stand on the top and look out at the view and think “We’ve built this.”

Now I’m working on LID and servicing the turbines I helped to build so it’s come full circle for me really and its these moments that make me realise I am in the right place.

 

 

New appointments

Welcoming Laura and Stuart to the Boston Energy team.

Meet the newest members of our Senior team! 👋 😃

Laura is our new Head of People and is no stranger to the wind industry, with having worked for Siemens Gamesa, before moving into the Public and Industrial sector.

“Looking ahead, I’m keen to work closely with our partners on projects which can deliver real social value, showcasing Boston Energy as an employer of choice in the region.”

Stuart joins us as Chief Commercial Officer and brings with him global executive-level experience across several continents and sectors including wind power, oil and gas, petrochemicals, food and drink, aerospace and utilities.

“Having worked across multiple sectors and disciplines, I always looked back on my time working in the wind industry with a great deal of affection. I’m pleased to be joining the business at an exciting time.”

Read the full story through the link below!

A site visit to Dogger Bank with Head of Pre-Assembly, Construction & Commissioning & MCE Neil and Project Manager Grant!

Regional updates

An update from the UK

The teams are making the most of the better weather (less windy but still wet though unfortunately!) and continuing on with servicing and repairs across all the platform types we support – with our SGRE and Vestas technicians doing some exceptional work throughout the second quarter of this year. As for our Vensys portfolio, the availability remains high this year, with a great service being delivered as always, so well done to Barry and the team for the full service they provide to ensure wind turbines remain operational and free of faults & warnings!

Dogger Bank

Following a slower period of activity during the winter months things are starting to ramp up on Dogger Bank, both on and offshore. The WIV has had some retrofits completed and is back on operations installing towers. The two SOV’s our teams have previously been deployed on have now been changed over to more suitable larger vessels, which means that they can accommodate our expected increase in headcount as the weather improves. GE have identified more of our technicians who have continued to grow their knowledge and understanding of the Haliade X platform and are nominated to become AT1 and AT2 approved. These ten technicians will add to our current list of twelve authorised persons and shows how well the team’s skills are developing.

Project Manager Lavinia visited Boston Energy Technicians at HKN & HKZ this month!

Regional updates

What's going on in Europe?

The season is in full swing now, with work ongoing across the EU – all our customers are happy with our support and the work done by you as technicians. Again, as with the UK, we have seen a number of weather days which will affect the overall customers plans as the year continues, with season extension and winter workload an ongoing discussion with customers currently, however we are confident once the weather picks up we’ll catch up in no time! As a result of this, there have also been some mid-season demand changes, and we have seen an increased demand on some sites as the workload falls behind schedule, along with any OEM manpower deviations. That being said, we remain available to support as the demand evolves through 2024.

That being said, from the recruitment point of view, we can inform you that we are not slowing down – not only are we rising to meet the everchanging customer demands throughout this season, we are also preparing for next season’s requirements and upcoming projects. We are eager to speak to technicians about their expectations, collect and register CVs, and plan recruitment processes. If you are looking to secure work in the EU next year with us, be sure to contact EU Recruiter, Monika, at monikakaminska@bostonenergy.eu to register your interest!

Baltic Eagle

Head of Pre-Assembly, Construction & Commissioning & Major Exchange, Neil Harvey said, “Our team continues to do well on this preassembly project which is over half way complete now. Most of the bottom tower scope has been completed, which leaves the full tower scope and loadout to finish. Congratulations must go to Arturs Lauberts who was promoted to site Supervisor when his excellent work ethic and dedication to the project was recognised by Vestas.”

 

Photo taken by Project Coordinator, Annika, in California!

North America updates

Boston Energy Wind Power Services

Photo Competition Winner

Congratulations to Arturs Lauberts! 🎉

Congratulations to Arturs for winning the first photo competition of 2024! As voted by our social media followers across Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram, Arturs won the most votes with this fantastic shot from Baltic Eagle. Likened to the Japanese Samurai Swords, the huge blades in the photo eerily poking out through the thick fog gives an idea of the sheer scale of the Pre-Assembly project based out of Bornholm Island, Denmark.

It’s been great to see such a positive response to the competition and we’ve loved hearing which photo has been your favourite and why. Please join us in congratulating all of our entries on their fantastic photographs of windfarms from across the world. (Scroll below to see the entries) If you would like the chance to be entered into our next competition, find out how to send your photographs in to us below.

Drum roll please....

Introducing Boston Energy's Technician Awards!

Top Technician

This award is for the technician who goes above and beyond in their role, demonstrates all the company values, is a supportive team player and is a pleasure to work with on site!

Safety Focused

Awarded to the technician who upholds Boston Energy’s high Health and Safety standards on site and strives to always keep themselves and team safe.

Rising Star

This award is designed to shine light on our new entrant and basic technicians who have not been in the wind industry a long while but have hit the ground running in their new position and have demonstrated a high level of skill, commitment and determination to succeed and progress in their career.

People's Choice

Do you know someone you work with who goes above and beyond in their role? Someone who lives by our core values of Safety Excellence, Quality, People, One-team and Fairness, looking out not just for themselves but the team around them? If a Boston Energy technician you know springs to mind, why not nominate them for our People’s Choice Award?

Top Technician 🎉

Arturs Lauberts

Arturs currently works as an Installation Supervisor at Baltic Eagle with Boston Energy. During his time on this project and with Boston Energy on a whole he has shown excellent customer contact skills and regularly recommends high quality, reliable technicians to join our team. His skills and experience do not just cover wind turbines, but every aspect of his role; he takes care of technicians on site as well as PPE and other duties. He presents the values of Boston Energy in the best way and we are incredibly proud to have Arturs on our team!

Safety Focused 🦺

Andrew Simpson

Andy has shown huge dedication and commitment to Health and Safety during his time at Boston Energy. Working as a Troubleshooter at London Array, Andy consistently shares and reports safety information with the team at Head Office to ensure we are always improving and developing our Health and Safety strategy. Andy has also received recognition from the team on site for a safety observation he put in regarding a loose helicopter lollipops on the helideck. Not only is he passionate and determined to do well himself, Andy challenges us to do better as a team on a regular basis and he is one of the only Shift Lead to attend nearly 100% of meetings regarding Health and Safety. Congratulations Andy – extremely well deserved!

Rising Star 🌟

Kenton Baker

Kenton started with us back in July 2023 at Dogger Bank as a New Entrant Technician, having transitioned from a career in the military. He hit the ground running immediately and receives amazing compliments regarding his work ethic, attitude toward managers and colleagues, and his eagerness to learn. The Dogger Bank team are extremely proud of Kenton’s development and the client has repeatedly fed back on his fantastic work on site. Well done & keep up the good work, Kenton!

Your Health & Safety Update

What's new

Upskilling & New Entrant Recruitment

We have been welcoming new entrant technicians into our workforce since 2012, having over 100 join the growing Boston Energy team in that time. We first began our New Entrant Recruitment scheme by transitioning those from the Armed Forces into a new career in the wind industry. However as our reputation for providing highly skilled and dedicated new entrant technicians grew stronger and as our relationship with customers and clients developed in this area, we are delighted to share our New Entrant Recruitment Scheme is evolving!

As we continue to support our clients demands we are pleased to announce our Women into Wind and Transferrable Skills recruitment schemes have already allowed us to welcome some fantastic new additions to our team.

Recently, in partnership with Orsted, we welcomed more Transfer Technicians into the Boston Energy team – please join us in congratulating Rachel, Tidur, Chris and Ryan on successfully securing their places on our Transfer to Wind Recruitment Scheme! Our new recruits are currently undergoing training and will soon be joining the team offshore on the East Coast Hub!

 

You should have received a keyring with a QR code that will take you to all of our Mental Health resources and contact details.

Look after your mental health

There are many ways in which we can look after our mental health. We have Mental Health First Aiders on hand to guide you in the right direction to receiving the support you need. For more information on Mental Health services in the UK and further afield, read our guide on mental health and key contacts.

Keep your eye out for your mental health contact & Information keyrings that we will be rolling out in the coming weeks – this is just one of many initiatives we are currently working on to best support you and your mental health.

 

Our Mental Health First Aiders

Margo Jagiello

Head of Technician Development and Retention

Laura Botham

Head of People

Liam Taylor

Health & Safety Manager