Up to 125 local jobs are to be created over the next 25 years thanks to a new partnership between Fife College and a local windfarm company.
The partnership is a result of the development of the Earlseat Wind Farm, situated alongside the Standing Stane between Leven and Kirkcaldy.
The wind farm will become fully operational later this month, generating clean energy wind power through its eight wind turbines.
Part of the planning agreement linked to the wind farm is a commitment by Earlseat Wind Farm Ltd to allocate funding to the community, approximately £50,000 per year.
This is the first time a long term apprenticeship training programme has been developed within the UK renewables industry, which will see the creation of up to 125 apprenticeship opportunities over the next 25 years, at an average of five per annum.
Hugh Logan, principal of Fife College, said: “This Earlseat Apprenticeship Programme will change the lives of many individuals giving them a unique opportunity to join us for a four year apprenticeship programme within a dynamic and growing sector, as well as securing long-term employment.
“The Programme also complements the work we are doing in the area to create new training opportunities with the development of a new Fife College Levenmouth Campus opening in Buckhaven in summer 2016. The Campus will enhance the delivery of education and training to meet the needs of the community in this part of Fife.”
Dominic Farrugia, spokesman for Earlseat Wind Farm Ltd, added: “Alongside creating clean energy for Fife, Earlseat Wind Farm is committed to ensuring that local people can secure meaningful long term careers in the renewable energy industry. Providing funding for apprenticeships is an extremely valuable way for our company to successfully achieve this and contribute to the local community.
“Now that the wind farm is about to become fully operational we are looking forward to meeting the first group of apprentices and their employers in the Autumn. We will continue to work with schools and the local community to inform them of the wind farm and our objectives.”