The latest Global Wind Workforce Outlook (GWWO) 2023-2027 has been released by Global Wind Organisation (GWO) and Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). The Outlook details the massive growth in numbers of wind technicians required to meet forecast construction, installation, operation, and maintenance (C&I and O&M) of the world’s wind fleet up to 2027.
The GWWO reveals that over 574,000 technicians will be required, with almost 43% of these being new talent to the industry. In addition to the 84,600 technicians needed against the backdrop of increasing demand for wind power, employers will need to recruit159,200 more people to compensate for normal rates of technician attrition expected in the wind industry between 2023 to 2027. The need to recruit the extra243,800 new technicians over the next five years suggests a raft of exciting opportunities for new talent to enter from full-time education and to transition from other sectors.
The Outlook also details onshore and offshore wind growth and workforce needs in 10 countries in particular: Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Japan, Kenya, South Korea and the USA. The high wind power ambitions of these countries must be reinforced by a strong culture of health and safety and a well trained workforce.