Fit for Offshore
Floventis is partnering with The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult to help local companies bid for work in the floating offshore wind industry.
Launched in September 2023, the first Fit 4 Offshore Renewables (F4OR) programme in Wales will give Welsh businesses the skills and expertise to deliver success in this rapidly growing sector. It is a specific development programme for the floating wind industry that has been designed by industry experts. Floventis will provide technical and market insight for those participating.
Register your interest
The F4OR programme will be delivered in phases starting in 2024, with an initial cohort of three companies. Applications are encouraged from firms with more than ten employees and/or have a turnover greater than £1 million, with products or skills that are relevant to the offshore wind sector.
For more information visit F4OR – ORE (catapult.org.uk) and to fill out an Expression of Interest form, click here.
The deadline for entry is Friday 17th November 2023.
Why is Floventis supporting F4OR?
F4OR has proven to be a valuable tool in the fixed offshore wind sector, which is why we were keen to support a tailored initiative for the emerging floating sector. Activities such as F4OR, and the deployment of test and demonstration sites such as Llŷr are a unique opportunity for the supply chain to ramp up and prepare for the forthcoming opportunities in commercial scale projects.
Who can apply for the programme?
Applications are encouraged from firms with more than ten employees and/or have a turnover greater than £1 million, with products or skills that are relevant to the offshore wind sector. Applicants need to be based in Wales.
What are the timings of the programme?
The F4OR programme will be delivered in phases starting in 2024, with an initial cohort of three companies. It’s a 12-18 month programme that results in a certificate that then lasts for 3 years.
Where else has ORE delivered Fit 4 Offshore?
To date, five regional programmes have been delivered in the North East of Scotland, North East of England, East Anglia and Suffolk, alongside national programmes run across Scotland and UK-wide. Over 100 companies have been supported, with participants experiencing an average 28% increase in turnover and many securing a wide range of new contracts.
What is the selection process?
In terms of the selection process all expressions of interest will be reviewed by the team and a long list of potential participants produced. Long listed organisations will be invited to participate in the next stage. The long list of organisations will then be invited to complete self-assessment. Following this all competence questionnaires and business excellence self-assessments will be reviewed by the team and a “short list” of potential participants produced. Short listed organisations will be invited to participate in the programme.
Will the accreditation be used when bidding for work with other FLOW developers i.e. is it recognised by other developers, or just Floventis?
F4OR is a recognised accreditation within the sector. Other developers recognise and support the program in various part of the UK.
Is there a cost involved for those taking part?
There is no direct cost related to joining the program. However, it does require time.