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'Green Collar' jobs in offshore wind to triple by 2030

06/03/2019
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Ambitious plans unveiled by the UK government today will see massive investment in offshore wind to triple the number of highly-skilled jobs in the sector to 27,000 by 2030. The ‘New Offshore Wind Sector Deal’ also includes an ambitious target to achieve at least 33% women in the total offshore wind workforce during the same period.
From a current base of 7,200, the UK's New Offshore Wind Sector Deal aims to create 27,000 jobs by 2030
The deal is the tenth in a series of sector deals signed by Business Secretary Greg Clark and falls within the UK government’s overarching Industrial Strategy.

In addition to job creation, the offshore sector deal is promising further action including:

  • An Offshore Energy Passport, recognised outside of the UK, will be developed for offshore wind workers to transfer their skills and expertise to other offshore renewable and oil and gas industries – allowing employees to work seamlessly across different offshore sectors.

  • Further work with further education institutions to develop a sector-wide curriculum to deliver a skilled and diverse workforce across the country and facilitate skills transfer within the industry.

  • Targets for increasing the number of apprentices in the sector later this year.

  • A strong emphasis within the New Offshore Wind Sector Deal is on increasing the diversity of the offshore wind workforce.

    Diversity targets


    Currently only 16% of the offshore wind workforce are women but under this new ambitious deal, the sector will aim to more than double the number of women entering the industry to at least 33% by 2030, with the ambition of reaching 40%.

    The government will also work with industry to encourage more students into STEM education and training, at all stages from primary school to higher education, funding programmes to increase the uptake of maths, computing and physics. Recent research shows that almost two-thirds of 18-24 year olds would prefer a job in the green economy to one outside of it – equating to around 3.7 million young people in the UK.
    Other proposals within the New Offshore Wind Sector Deal include the creation of an Offshore Energy Passport.

    Jobs across the offshore wind supply chain


    The sector deal is expected to create job opportunities across the entire offshore wind supply chain, from the research and development of wind turbine blades through to project managing the design and manufacturing stages of the development of a windfarm.

    Commenting on the new deal, Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry said:

    “The move to a cleaner, greener economy is outlined in our modern Industrial Strategy as one of the greatest economic opportunities of our time. Working with the offshore wind industry, I want to ensure that women and young people benefit from this sea-change”.

    “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”.

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