Omexom, a brand of VINCI Energies dedicated to infrastructure solutions in the energy generation, transmission and distribution sector, has launched a new branch of its Omexom Institute in Castleford, West Yorkshire. The Castleford facility replaces a previous Institute in Leeds and will offer modern classrooms, a state-of-the-art virtual reality suite and expanded practical areas to provide safe and efficient training for professionals working on overhead lines, substations and underground cables. The opening of this state-of-the-art facility underscores Omexom’s commitment to delivering excellence to its customers.
The Castleford facility will educate up to 100 newcomers to the energy industry each year, including apprentices from Castleford and Wakefield, reinforcing Omexom’s focus on building the next generation of industry experts and its commitment to investing in the skills of its existing workforce. The Institute plans to offer ongoing refresher training to over 450 of its staff annually, further reinforcing its dedication to excellence.
The Institute will teach key aspects of services within the UK and the Republic of Ireland, including the installation of multi-bundle conductor configurations up to 400kV, tower climbing, tower rescue procedures and platform works. Additionally, learners will be instructed in initial duct installation, cable drum handling, cable handling and pulling, and gantry installation at voltage levels ranging from 132kV to 400kV.
The Omexom Institute is also planning to launch two other facilities in the future – one in Inverness, Scotland, focusing on substation and wood pole EHV overhead line construction, and another in Cashel, Ireland, specialising in distribution. The launch of these centres will establish Omexom as an authority in providing high-quality training within the UK and Ireland.
Estimable guests, including the Mayor of Wakefield Councillor Josie Pritchard, celebrated the opening of the new facility during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on 9th November. Simon Innis, Managing Director of Omexom UK & RoI, said, “Our greatest business asset is our people, and investing in their development is paramount. The transformative impact of the Castleford facility and our upcoming institutes will enhance industry-wide skills and capabilities and advance the energy transition through critical infrastructure projects.”