RenewableUK unveils new event for young people seeking job opportunities in offshore wind
09 September 2020
Posted by: Rob Norris
RenewableUK has opened registration today for a new online event, the Futures Forum, which is a key part of our virtual Global Offshore Wind conference and exhibition on 28th-30th October.
The forum will teach young people about the UK’s world-leading offshore wind sector and provide career advice to help attendees get a head start when applying to jobs in renewable energy.
The Futures Forum is designed for students from secondary school all the way up to undergraduates at university. It will give students opportunities to hear from some of the industry’s leading figures and learn about the different career paths into the industry, including apprenticeships.
The event will have several parallel sessions on a wide range of subjects, catering for each level of education. All the sessions will be available to watch on demand for 30 days.
Students from a diverse variety of backgrounds are being urged to register, with sponsorship from the global offshore wind companies Ørsted and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy enabling the event to be 100% free to attend.
The UK was the first country to make a legally binding commitment to reach net zero emissions. Offshore wind is the backbone of the UK’s decarbonisation plan. Our offshore wind industry is expanding rapidly over the course of this decade and will employ 27,000 people in highly skilled jobs by 2030 as we increase our world-beating offshore wind capacity from 10 gigawatts today to 40GW.
RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Melanie Onn said “This is a great opportunity for young people to get involved in one of the UK’s most exciting industries; one that is driving decarbonisation with cutting-edge technology on a grand scale. We know that students care deeply about climate change, so we want to set out a wide range of the career paths which will empower them to make a difference to the world around them. We need workers at every level from apprentice turbine technicians to engineers designing and managing major new offshore wind farm projects which will power the country in the decades ahead”.
Duncan Clark, Head of Region UK at Ørsted, said: “The offshore wind industry is driven by passion, purpose and ambition. It’s these key ingredients that make it such an exciting industry to work in and open up genuine opportunities for future generations to make a real difference. Renewable energy is playing a key role in the fight against climate change and the continuing success of the industry will rely on a diverse range of talent. We hope that by giving unique access and insight to the industry we can inspire, support and develop emerging new talent.”
Catharina Haardt, Siemens Gamesa Offshore Senior Vice President of Human Resources added “At Siemens Gamesa, we share the passion held by many young people to combat climate change. The many benefits which renewable energy technologies bring – with offshore wind in the UK being a shining example – allow us to proudly seek to attract even more skilled colleagues to our company. Offshore wind jobs have strong, long-term environmental, economic, and societal advantages, and we’re striving to be the employer of choice amongst candidates and staff”.
More details on the Futures Forum and how to register are available here.
A pdf leaflet about the Futures Forum is available here.
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- RenewableUK revised events programme is available here.