UK Plans To Treble Offshore Wind Jobs

BEIS plans to increase skilled employment to 27,000 by 2030

Skilled employment in the UK offshore wind sector is set to treble by 2030, according to the latest plans by government.
A statement from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) set out plans to increase skilled employment to 27,000 by 2030, paving the way for substantial breakbulk growth.
“This deal could support a tripling of jobs over the next few decades and it is exciting to see that the industry is encouraging my children’s generation – the UK’s workforce of the future – to propel themselves into the industry, giving them the skills they need to thrive in the sector,” said Claire Perry, Energy and Clean Growth Minister.
The new Offshore Wind Sector Deal is expected to outline methods for government and industry to increase apprenticeship opportunities and increased the number of specialists skilled in offshore breakbulk transport.

Larger Female Workforce
Also outlined under the BEIS deal are plans to increase the number of women employed in the sector, aiming to more than double the number of women entering the industry to at least 33 percent by 2030,
“Working with the offshore wind industry, I want to ensure that women and young people benefit from this sea-change,” Perry explained, addint that the move to a cleaner, greener economy was “one of the greatest economic opportunities of our time.”

Offshore Energy Passport
Government investment will be targeted towards creation of an “Offshore Energy Passport” that will be recognised outside of the UK, and allow offshore wind workers to transfer skills and expertise to other offshore renewable and oil and gas industries.
“UK to become a global leader in renewables with more investment potential than any other country in the world as part of the modern Industrial Strategy,” a BEIS spokesperson stated.

The BEIS also plans to invest in further education institutions to develop a sector-wide curriculum to facilitate skills transfer within the industry
Photo: Claire Perry. Credit: Wikimedia