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Mine Rescue winning award

(Errol Parrish, Operations Manager for Mines Rescue collecting Contribution to Skills Award)

Invest in Fife nominated three top Fife companies for the 2014 Scottish Green Energy Awards. Mines Rescue were nominated for the Contribution to Skills Award, as they offer state of the art Wind Turbine Training to their clients at their facility in Crossgates, highlighting the importance of creating a renewables workforce.

RWE based in Markinch won the Renewing Scotland Award for their Biomass heat and power plant at Tullis Russell and Scotash won the Sustainable Development Award – for creating a low-carbon cement from re-engineered pulverised fuel ash to decrease the carbon footprint of renewable energy projects across the country. All three businesses were over the moon to represent Fife and win their award.

Mines Rescue offer a vast range of accredited training services across industries, from their office in Crossgates, Fife.

After the privatisation of the mines in the early 90s, the business had to diversify - offering accredited training programmes to outside businesses. Mines Rescue clients include BP, Shell and British Energy, they also offer equipment hire, service maintenance and health and safety consultancy.

Due to their outstanding reputation the team were approached by one of their energy clients who asked them to create specialised training in the renewable energy sector. At this time there was no training facility in Scotland; businesses were sending their employees to England, resulting in unnecessary expense. With a joint investment from their energy client Mines Rescue now offer a truly unique and practical training course inside a wind turbine, as well as having the opportunity to climb and descend from 15m. Mines Rescue invested a quarter of a million in the facility 7 months ago and over 50% of this investment is already recovered from the success of the training facility.

Mines Rescue was invited to be part of the Invest In Fife exhibition stand at Offshore Wind Conference at the AECC in Aberdeen, from which they have already had bookings directly from this event.

Errol Parrish, Operations Manager stated, “During the approval process we received a lot support from a range of stakeholders, including Scottish Enterprise and Fife Council and we are very grateful for all the help and support that was given. We gained RenewableUK (RUK) and Global Wind Organisation (GWO) approved training provider status only a few months ago, but we begin receiving enquiries for training almost immediately and we have since experienced a growing demand for the associated courses from a wide range of clients.

The most pleasing aspect has been the excellent feedback that we have received from the candidates attending our courses, as we have always prided ourselves on our level of service provision. We hope our reputation as one of the leading health and safety providers in the UK will continue to help us attract additional clients in the renewable sector."

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