The EU’s Wind Energy Technology Platform (TPWind) has an upcoming report which is based on research by renewable energy consultancy GL Garrard Hassan. It shows that the industry faces a shortage of skilled workers of around 5,500 a year which could reach 18,000 a year by 2030.
Andrew Garrad chairman of GL Garrad Hassan said: “There is a real risk of a shortage of suitably skilled workers. Well over half of the shortfall in new workers in 2030 could be in operations and maintenance. Engineers are in desperately short supply and the problem will get far worse unless action is taken.”
TPWind recommends that the industry needs to create more wind energy training courses and increase the graduate intake on those courses. It also called for greater emphasis on science, technology, engineering and maths skills in vocational schemes and training in operations and maintenance.