GWO and GWEC partner to map global workforce training needs in energy transition

The international trade association Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the non-profit industry body Global Wind Organization (GWO) have signed a new two-year agreement to define the training needs of the workforce.

This is done with the aim of supporting the development of renewable energy by helping to meet the demand for skilled workers who are needed to fill the growing number of jobs that will be created during the global energy transition.

GWEC announced the signing of the new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GWO on April 11. Under the terms of the MoU, the two organizations will be able to leverage shared resources, including unique datasets, as well as analytics and forecasting capabilities, which GWEC believed would provide valuable insights to all. wind industry stakeholders.

CEO of GWEC Ben Backwell said the wind power industry has already created 1.2 million jobs worldwide according to the International Renewable Energy Agency, and that number will continue to grow as demand for wind power increases would increase in step with the global energy transition.

“We want to help the market answer tough questions about where jobs will be needed most to meet demand and outline the training that will be needed to develop a skilled and sustainable workforce. . . This collaboration is the first step to help produce a cohesive roadmap for wind jobs in the future global energy system, helping emerging markets benefit from the creation of high-quality local jobs to contribute to a thriving green economy.” , Backwell said.

CEO of GWO Jacob Lau Holst added that the GWO Wind Industry Database contains the most comprehensive set of workforce training information in the world. He explained that more than 122,000 people were now trained in GWO standards at centers in almost 50 countries.

“To support demand in new markets, the industry needs insights, forecasts and analytics. . . Our partnership with GWEC [will] help make it a reality, addressing the training needs of the workforce and delivering a powerful proposition to investors, policy makers, [original-equipment manufacturers] and other stakeholders,” he said.

The next outcome of the collaboration will see GWO and GWEC produce their third annual report on job creation and workforce training needs in global offshore wind markets. The report will be published in the third quarter.

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