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Windtech International March April 2024 issue






The European wind industry faces a severe skills shortage of around 5,500 appropriately qualified staff per year. This shortfall could climb to 18,000 by 2030 - nearly 5% of the entire wind industry workforce.

The warning comes in a report to be published by the EU's Wind Energy Technology Platform (TPWind), based on research by GL Garrad Hassan. Well over half of the shortfall in new workers in 2030 could be in operations and maintenance.
The recommendations of the report include:
  • Emphasise Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths ('STEM') 
  • skills in vocational training
  • Increase industry input into academic courses
  • More graduates of wind energy generalist courses
  • The harmonisation of Vocational Education and Training across the EU
  • Greater emphasis on training in operations and maintenance
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