The Global Wind Organisation (GWO) has released the Global Workforce Outlook report for 2022 – 2026, but what key trends and themes can we see?
With Climate change manifesting with more severity than ever before, the global energy crisis has reached a critical point. Transitioning to a renewables-based energy system remains a core priority. Wind energy will remain at the heart of the transition and promises to support the global Net Zero ambitions.
But with such ambitious plans, there has never been a greater demand for trained professionals in the industry. The report estimates that more than half a million trained wind technicians will be needed alone to construct, install, operate, and maintain the world’s rapidly growing wind fleet by 2026.
The report details the integral part recognisable safety training will play in increasing the competence and safety of the workforce and fostering increased workforce mobility. The ability to transfer safety training certificates across companies and countries will be a key enabler of industry scalability and international growth.
From 2019 to 2022, the number of Wind Technicians worldwide with an active GWO certificate in one of the following: Working at Heights, Manual Handling, Fire Awareness, and First Aid, almost doubled from around 79,000 to around 139,000. These figures signal strong demand for GWO safety training.
Global wind installed capacity is estimated to grow by 67% from 837GW in 2021 to 1,394GW by 2026. This influx in demand is a significant opportunity for training providers and educators to level up the delivery of skilled personnel training. However, the report noted that local content will be significant in the completion of new sites, with beneficial effects on the upskilling of locally trained workforces.