Emerging offshore markets facing skills shortage

WIND POWER | Roughly 2.5 employees will be needed for each MW built off the coasts of North America, China, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam and South Korea between 2020 and 2024, industry body Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and standardised safety advocate Global Wind Organisation (GWO) calculate.

However, a lack of training centres, available instructors and familiarity with safety standards in these markets present barriers to recruiting and training these workers, the groups stated. There is also a risk of training standards being perceived as “imposed” and being counter to local regulations and cultural norms, they added in their report Powering the Future: Global Offshore Wind Workforce Outlook 2020-2024.

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