GE Renewable Energy has announced its plan to recruit 250 employees at its LM Wind Power wind turbine blade manufacturing site in Cherbourg, France, by the first quarter of 2021.
The Cherbourg team is mostly looking to expand its production workforce. Every new employee will be trained to manufacture wind turbine blades through LM Wind Power's training program – a six-week theoretical and practical training course, which will develop the skills and technical expertise required to produce wind turbine blades. The site will also be looking for production supervisors, quality controllers, logistic operators and maintenance technicians.
Opened two years ago in April 2018, the factory today counts more than 300 employees, 34 percent being women. The facility has produced the the 107-meters long wind turbine blade for GE’s Haliade-X 12MW offshore wind turbine. In 2019, two blades were shipped to testing facilities, and three were assembled on the Haliade-X validation unit in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The Cherbourg site has now started commercial production.