Multi-million pound new training centre unveiled
Omexom, the VINCI Energies brand dedicated to infrastructure solutions in the generation, transmission and distribution of energy, has opened a new branch of its Omexom Institute in Castleford.
It is for technicians working on overhead lines, substations and underground cables.
Replacing a previous Omexom Institute in Leeds, the Castleford facility’s modern classrooms, virtual reality suite and expanded practical areas will equip even more learners to safely and efficiently tackle the challenges of energy infrastructure projects.
The centre will educate up to 100 newcomers to the energy industry each year, including apprentices from the Castleford and Wakefield area.
And it will offer ongoing refresher training for over 450 staff within Omexom UK & Republic of Ireland (RoI) annually.
Guests, including the Mayor of Wakefield, Councillor Josie Pritchard, attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the significance of the new facility.
Cllr Pritchard said: “The opening of this state-of-the-art training facility is a testament to Omexom’s commitment to providing opportunities for people, especially young people, in Castleford.
“We are thrilled to have this facility in our district, and we look forward to the positive impact it will have on our community and the UK energy network as a whole.”
Simon Innis, managing director of Omexom UK & RoI, added: “Our greatest business asset is our people, and investing in their development is paramount.
“This commitment is not only vital for our company’s success but also for the capacity and reliability of energy networks across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
“The opening of this new facility marks a significant step in meeting the growing demand for skilled professionals in our industry, who are instrumental in advancing the energy transition through critical infrastructure projects.
“I’m immensely proud of our team’s achievements thus far and eagerly anticipate the transformative impact of the Castleford facility and our other upcoming institute sites, not only on our business but on enhancing industry-wide skills and capabilities.”