A senior executive from one of the world's biggest firms has swapped his shirt and tie for a safety harness to learn about wind turbines.
Tim Holt from Siemens found out what's involved in servicing the technology, at his company's training centre in Newcastle. It's trained more than 500 technicians in three years as the demand for offshore wind farms has increased.
John Hayes MP, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, announced that Siemens in Newcastle will be one of the beneficiaries of a £25 million pound government grant to fund higher level apprenticeships.
Siemens in Newcastle has won government funding to offer degree-level apprenticeships.
It's one of a number of firms providing Higher Apprenticeships, which are intended as an alternative to going to university.
The funding is targeted at sectors that have skills shortages, including the low-carbon energy industry.