The continued success of wind and marine energy is dependent on attracting skilled workers. There were around 18,500 people employed in these industries in 2013, an increase of 74% since 2010. A further 70,000 jobs could be created by 2023. This represents a huge opportunity for both the industry and the UK economy, as well as a practical way for people to apply their enthusiasm for renewable energy and the environment.
To address the skills challenges and nurture homegrown talent, RenewableUK takes a lead on a range of skills initiatives with input and guidance from RenewableUK’s Skills and Employment Strategy Group (SESG). The SESG represents the industry to provides leadership in addressing skills gaps to ensure that a pool of skilled and experienced recruits will be available to meet the sector’s current and future employment needs. RenewableUK has worked with the SESG on the following skills initiatives:
In 2011, with government and employer support, RenewableUK established the Renewables Training Network to ensure those with relevant skills and expertise in other sectors are able to make the transition across to renewables.
RenewableUK is working with the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership on the development of a National College for Wind Energy. The College will rely on industry investment, match funded by Government. More information will be available in due course.
For information on career pathways, courses and job opportunities, please see our Careers pages.