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Skills and Employment

Skills and Employment

Renewable energy is growing faster than ever. It has the potential to create and support thousands of UK jobs.

Skills and Employment

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:

  • Establishing the Renewable Energy Careers & STEM Guidance and Apprenticeship Programme Accords in 2009, the UK’s first Sector Skills Accords, demonstrating the industry’s long-term commitment to addressing skills challenges.
  • Labour market research culminating in the publication of Working for a Green Britain & Northern Ireland 2013-2023, and previously Working for a Green Britain Vol. 1 & Vol. 2.
  • Publication of a Skills Manifesto which sets out skills policy recommendations from the wind and marine energy industries.
  • Creation of the Wind Turbine Technician Apprenticeship, the UK’s first apprenticeship for renewables, in partnership with employers, EU Skills, and City and Guilds, in 2010.
  • Engaging with Higher Education and Professional Institutions to strengthen the link between course provision and skills gaps.
  • Outreach via careers resources, engagement with the education sector, facilitation of an annual RenewableUK Careers Fair, and participation at events such as the Big Bang Fair.
  • Facilitating an HR Network for Human Resources professionals in the sector, providing benchmarking opportunities through a Sector Salary Survey and providing shared learning and networking opportunities at regular events.

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.