Wind faces 'desperate' skills shortage

Engineers are desperately needed, says Garrad

Engineers are desperately needed, says Garrad

The European wind industry faces a shortage of about 5,500 skilled workers every year.

And this shortfall could climb to 18,000 by 2030.

The warning comes in a report, European Wind Energy Training Needs, Opportunities and Recommendations, 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 [O&M],” says Andrew Garrad, chairman of GL Garrad Hassan. “Engineers are in desperately short supply."

Garrad says 78% of companies interviewed for the report described it as “difficult” or “very difficult” to recruit staff.

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