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04 Feb 2011 10:02:03

Wind energy sector 'struggling to meet demand for skilled workers'

Wind energy sector 'struggling to meet demand for skilled workers'
Wind energy companies operating in the UK are having to scout workers from other industries to meet their skill requirements, it has been claimed.

Ben Cartland, associate at Acre Resources, an international recruitment and executive search firm specialising in energy and climate change, said currently the supply of skilled industry professionals is not keeping up with demand.

"Competition is rife for those with specific technical wind turbine engineering experience and the employers in the sector are having to look for similar skill sets from other industries to meet demand," he said.

The comments come after research, published by RenewableUK and Energy & Utility Skills, showed employment within the wind energy sector increased by 91 percent between 2007/8 and 2009/10.

Of the 10,800 people working within the wind and energy sectors in the UK, 56 percent were said to be employed on large-scale onshore projects and 29 percent in offshore wind, while seven or eight percent work with small scale installations and a similar number are involved with tidal projects.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800385552-ADNFCR

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05 Feb 2011

this is total and utter cod's wallop

Skills Development Scotland has a record of the engineering graduates leaving Strathclyde Uni; 27% of them are either unemployed or under-employed(stacking shelfs in a supermarket).

People need to wake up; the clean energy sector will not flourish in the UK unless the government starts to employ electrical engineers. If we continue to let periodic table gawping thatcherite chemistry dipsticks rule the roost, by the year 2020, Poland will be more wealthy than the UK.

11 Feb 2011

I am currently undertaking a Masters in Renewable Energy, and during my job searching it has become clear that while there are plenty of vacancies for 'manager' or 'senior' positions, there are very few opportunities for new graduates. While I believe that there is a lack of applicants with appropriate experience, surely the solution is for these companies to train new graduates. Yes, training is expensive, but salaries will be correspondingly lower.

A personal plea - how do I jump the gap from a high-achieving graduate with a relevant degree to an 'experienced' job applicant?

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