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Firm behind Fife wind farm pledges apprenticeships

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Image caption Plans have been submitted for a nine-turbine wind farm on a former open cast mine site at Earlseat

The company behind plans to transform an open cast mine into a nine-turbine wind farm has teamed up with a college to create green energy apprenticeships.

Carbon Free Developments, in association with Adam Smith College, will give £62,000 each year to fund the six annual places.

But for the scheme to go ahead, Fife Council will have to approve the wind farm at Earlseat.

The placements would be open to Fife residents over the age of 16.

Glenrothes Labour MP Lindsay Roy said the scheme would bring "much-needed" high-quality training to local workers.

Mr Roy said: "The agreement demonstrates Adam Smith College's key role in helping the community to reap the rewards of the green energy boom which is playing a vital role in the regeneration of industry in central Fife.

"The college can rightly boast that it is at the forefront of renewables education in Scotland."

The scheme is opened to school leavers and those who are unemployed or want to re-train.

Dr Craig Thomson, principal of Adam Smith College, said: "This scheme will further Fife's ambition to become Scotland's leading renewables hub, and confirms the college's role as a key player in helping the region plug the skills gap and provide existing and potential employers with a local talent pool."

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