Maximising employment and skills in the offshore wind supply chain
This report examines how to maximize employment opportunities in the offshore wind energy sector and its supply chain. By using a sector-specific approach it explores the issues associated with an emerging sector and its contribution to rebalancing the economy. The report includes analysis of the size, location and timing of the main employment opportunities and examines potential skills issues and barriers to effective supply-side response. It offers an assessment of possible action by government, employers and training providers, including lessons for other emerging sectors. The second volume contains two in-depth supply chain case studies of existing offshore wind farms.
Maximising employment and skills in the offshore wind supply chain: Evidence report 34. Vol 1 - Main report (PDF, 2.6 Mb)
Maximising employment and skills in the offshore wind supply chain: Evidence report 34. Vol 2 - Supply chain case studies (PDF, 585 Kb)
Published August 2011
The offshore wind energy sector has been identified as having the potential for employment growth in the next decade. This report explores the extent and nature of that employment growth and implications for government, employers and training providers in light of current spending and policy priorities. The study examines the role that skills demand and supply may play in helping the sector achieve its full potential and, in particular, the lessons for other emerging sectors that might help to rebalance the UK economy. The report identifies:
- risks to making the most of the employment opportunities afforded by offshore wind energy generation; and
- responses to those risks and potential actions that could be taken by government, industry, firms, individuals and providers of education and training to make the most of the offshore wind energy sector’s employment and skills potential.
The second volume of the report project includes two in-depth supply chain case studies on existing offshore wind farms which informed the findings in the main report. Findings are also based on evidence reviews including the latest employment forecasts, a series of consultations with employers, training providers and other stakeholders in the sector, two policy-workshops to discuss potential actions on skills issues.