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Want a career in offshore wind? Come to our Skills Hub event in Manchester

06 June 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rob Norris
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The world’s offshore wind industry wants to meet the workforce of the future


  • The Ørsted Skills Hub is a free-to-attend event for students looking at careers in offshore wind on Weds 20th June at Manchester Central.

  • The UK’s offshore wind sector is leading efforts to tackle climate change, and is set to more than double in size in the next ten years. 11,000 people are already employed in skilled jobs, and this will grow over the next decade to 27,000

  • Offshore wind companies are investing £48 billion around the UK’s coastline

  • The Ørsted Skills Hub is part of Global Offshore Wind 2018 conference and exhibition , the world’s largest offshore wind event.


Students looking to learn about the UK’s world-leading offshore wind industry have a chance to meet with leading companies and hear first-hand from young industry employees about what working in offshore wind is really like, and how they too can look for a skilled job that makes a difference.


A new document, “Your Career in Offshore Wind” will be launched at the event, explaining how the industry works and how to take the right steps to enter the sector.  


Over 150 companies are exhibiting at RenewableUK’s Global Offshore Wind event at Manchester Central on 19th-20th June, with 2,500 people attending. It is the world’s largest conference and exhibition focused on offshore wind; locating the Skills Hub within this larger event gives students the chance to meet face to face with the industry’s employers large and small.


The event is aimed at university or college students wanting to understand career options, or students thinking about A-level or college choices and wanting to understand options in offshore wind.


Thanks to sponsorship from Ørsted, students can attend the free Skills Hub on Wednesday 20th June. A programme of inspiring talks, exhibits and activities will take place across the day, with careers advisers on hand to advise people looking at job options.


Maf Smith, Deputy Chief Executive of RenewableUK said “The UK’s offshore wind industry is growing fast and offers people at the start of their careers a chance to make a difference and secure skilled, long-term employment.


“At the Ørsted Skills Hub we will have some of our industry’s rising stars on hand to talk about how they got their career break and give advice, and an opportunity to learn about some of the exciting companies leading the way in offshore wind.” 


Matthew Wright, Ørsted UK Managing Director, said: “The Ørsted Skills Hub is aimed at inspiring the next generation of talent for the offshore wind industry, as well as giving students the practical information they need to make the right decisions for their future. It’s an incredibly exciting time in the industry and this event provides the perfect opportunity to showcase the varied career options available.”

Why Attend?

  • Hear talks from inspiring speakers about how they got their start in offshore wind

  • Hands-on learning and a chance to meet employees across the industry

  • A networking lunch and a chance to learn one-to-one with others

  • Career and CV surgeries to help you with career or educational choices

  • Receive a complementary offshore wind skills kit

  • Exhibition tours and a chance to meet leading companies.


The Ørsted Skills Hub is at Manchester Central on Weds 20th June from 10:00 and 16:00


NB Attendance is free, but anyone wanting to attend must register in advance to secure their free ticket. Simply google “offshore wind skills hub” or visit



For further information, please contact:

Robert Norris, Head of Communications, 0207 901 3013 or 07969 229 913

  • Maf Smith is available for interview to talk about the UK’s offshore wind sector,  the Ørsted Skills Hub and the Global Offshore Wind event.
  • More information on RenewableUK’s Global Offshore Wind 2018 conference and exhibition (19th- 20th June) can be found here


    More information on Ørsted can be found here. Ørsted develops, constructs and operates offshore wind farms, bioenergy plants and innovative waste-to-energy solutions and provides smart energy products to its customers.


    RenewableUK is the trade and professional body for the wind, wave and tidal energy industries. Formed in 1978, and with more than 400 corporate members, RenewableUK is the country’s leading renewable energy trade association. We are celebrating our 40th anniversary this year.


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