One of the most senior executives in one of the world's biggest companies has swapped his suit and tie for a safety harness to learn about wind turbines.
Tim Holt from Siemens flew over from America to find out what new technicians experience. His company has based its UK training centre in Newcastle, and has already prepared five hundred staff for life offshore.
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