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This Modern Apprenticeship equips employees with the skills and knowledge they need to work in wind turbine operations and maintenance. It’s suitable for people who are completely new to the sector and who want to develop a career in this area. Existing employees who want to build their skills can also undertake this apprenticeship.

The qualification

SCQF level 6

Your employee will study for City and Guilds Diplomas at SCQF level 6 in:

  • Electrical Power Engineering – Wind Turbine Operations and Maintenance
  • Electrical Power Engineering – Wind Turbine Maintenance (Technical Knowledge)

It’s strongly recommended that those with no or limited practical engineering skills also complete units from a relevant performing engineering operation qualification. For example: 

  • EAL Level 5 SCQF Performing Engineering Operations (Engineering Practices)
  • SQA Level 5 SCQF Performing Engineering Operations (Engineering Practices)
  • City & Guilds equivalents
Entry requirements

Candidates should have achieved Scottish Standards (or equivalent) in Maths, English and one science at credit grade.

Progression and development

On completing their apprenticeship, your employees can progress to an Engineering Systems (with Renewable options) HNC, or Professional Development Award in Renewable Energy Systems. Alternatively, they could study for the Level G SCQF in Wind Turbine Installation and Commissioning.

Successful apprentices will have the skills and knowledge to work as a trainee. From here, they can go on to specialised roles, such as blade technician, safety trainer and technical trainer, or move into a supervisory role.

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

How much will it cost?


We will contribute towards the training costs, paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

Use the contribution tables to work out the funding level for this framework:

Modern Apprenticeship Contribution Table (16-24 age group)
Modern Apprenticeship Contribution Table (25+ age group)

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach which will meet the needs of your business.


Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employees to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-24 months to complete.

Sound right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

Find a learning provider

Need a little more information or advice?

Call our employer engagement team to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships. 

0800 783 6000
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