Wind energy employers are supporting the onboarding of thousands of new technicians, with a trio of simplified routes and recommended training for entry level profiles.
Wind energy employers are supporting the onboarding of thousands of new technicians, with a trio of simplified routes and recommended training for entry level talent
Global Wind Organisation, whose members include the world’s largest manufacturers and owners of wind energy, will launch the GWO Entry Level Wind Technician Framework on 4th October.
It contains three recommended profiles for talent looking to train to become entry level technicians in the wind industry, which are endorsed by GWO’s members and will help new recruits to understand and choose their route into jobs within the areas of Pre-Assembly, Installation, or Operations & Maintenance (O&M).
GWO’s forecasts indicate 142,100 new recruits will be needed over the coming five-year period, adding up to a total of 568,800 technicians expected to work on the construction and installation of 557GW in new wind power capacity between 2022-2026, and to service the existing fleet. The additional workforce will be recruited from full time education or from people moving into wind from other sectors.
“Wind Turbine Technician is one of the fastest growing professions, globally,” explains Lisa Mallon, Chair, GWO Executive Committee, Global Executive Leader at GE Renewable Energy Onshore Wind. “If we are to smooth the pathway for people joining our sector as technicians, we must provide a clear entry-level training standard.”
Post-education recruits are identified as the largest potential group in scope for the three routes, but professionals from other sectors seeking to make the transition into wind are also considered a target group for the entry-level framework.
“The three job profiles of the Entry Level Framework give new wind technicians a transparent and valid set of skills to aim for,” adds Lisa. “This will make the jump into the wind industry easier for those with no wind experience, and clarify the entry level standard for people with existing skills who want to join our industry.”
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