A Cornish renewable energy company has continued its rapid expansion with the appointment of two new graduates from the county.Capture Energy, based in Redruth, has taken on both employees under the Unlocking Cornish Potential scheme.
The appointments follow an unprecedented period of growth for Capture Energy, which installs renewable energy technologies in homes and businesses.
The increased number of enquiries has led to the appointment of 30-year-old Ben Styles as Sales Manager.
Ben graduated from a Foundation Degree in Renewable Energy Technologies in 2006. He commented: “The level of interest in renewable energy is growing at a phenomenal rate, and it’s really incredible to be part of that. Part of the attraction of this role is that we’re not just looking at one type of equipment, such as solar panels, but choosing the right technology for the home or business.”
Meanwhile 42-year-old Eamonn O’Connor will oversee Capture Energy’s installation programme. Eamonn was previously a financial advisor for a major high-street bank, and decided to retrain at Cornwall College Camborne in Environmental Management.
He said: “There’s possibly no more exciting or important industry to be in right now than renewable energy, and that’s why I jumped at the chance of a job with Capture Energy. My role is to ensure that, as the company grows, we do not lose our focus on quality and customer service.”
Capture Energy provides a range of technologies including solar panels, which generate either hot water or electricity, wind turbines, boilers which burn wood pellets and systems which extract heat from the air or ground.
A steady rise in the number of installations has been replaced by a flood in recent months following unprecedented rises in the cost in gas and oil.
The company has also begun to run training courses for plumbers and other tradespeople who want to enter the burgeoning renewable energy sector.
Both Ben and Eamonn, were awarded their qualifications by the University of Plymouth and have been appointed under the Objective One Unlocking Cornish Potential or UCP scheme. This aims to integrate graduates into Cornish companies to help with business development projects, supported by an experienced mentor, business skills training sessions and a network of other graduates.
Ben Leonard, Unlocking Cornish Potential’s Business Development Manager said: “These placements show what a fantastic match there is now between the skills that businesses need to grow and the types of degree and foundation courses now available in the county. Graduates gain invaluable experience and a competitive salary, while the company gains an employee with fresh ideas. It’s truly a win-win situation.”
More information on Capture Energy is available from www.capture-energy.co.uk or by calling 01209 716861.
Unlocking Cornish Potential is part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) initiative, managed by Cornwall College and part funded by the Objective One European Social Fund.
More information is available at www.unlockingcornishpotential.co.uk or by calling (01209) 617664.