Training for engineers to specialise in renewables technology and undertaking GWO working at heights courses will be seen a worthwhile investment in the UK jobs market at present, as reports show that infrastructure and pension funds are upping their bets on the European wind farm industry.
New data released by WindEurope, reported by City A.M., found that 25.1 per cent of Europe’s offshore wind energy-generating output had been purchased in the first six months of 2016. During this time, investment in the industry was greater than in the whole of 2015, totalling €14 billion in these six months, compared to €13.3 billion.
Many new wind farms projects are currently developed in the UK and wider Europe, providing new opportunities for a workforce with the right skills at hand.
The number of jobs in the windfarm sector doubled between 2010 and 2013 to over 6,000; however, The Journal website reported that growth in the sector needed to help the government meet carbon emission guidelines by 2050, could see the industry employ another 70,000 by 2025.
Technicians need not only to be competent in the technical skills required to service and install wind farm technology, but also require training to work safely at heights amongst other health and safety training. Global Wind Organisation (GWO) training is the standard recognised by the industry, and these qualifications must be renewed every two years to ensure that best practices are developed over time to meet any changes in health and safety requirements.