Renewable jobs hanging in the balance?

There is concern from some groups that the Committee on Climate Change’s report is destabilising for the offshore wind industry and that it might affect the number of skilled workers […]

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By Tom Gibson

There is concern from some groups that the Committee on Climate Change’s report is destabilising for the offshore wind industry and that it might affect the number of skilled workers entering the industry.

Tom Hopkinson, Managing Director of Taylor Hopkinson Associates, recruitment for renewables said: “My concern is this latest report will cause a sense of uncertainty after 2020 which is a short term investment horizon when talking about developing workforces. The 2020’s is a period of time when the demand for skills will be at its peak as the Offshore sector’s round three projects are being constructed and entering operation.”

Mr Hopkinson, who sits on the RenewableUK Skills and Education Strategy Group said he was worried for the industry as the CCC’s report wasn’t particularly encouraging.

He said: “Without clear career paths in the UK market following 2020 many graduates and professionals will not commit their futures to it. Graduates considering which courses to pick may be put off by this report – no one wants to invest in a sector who’s future hangs in the balance.”

The report from the CCC, although favouring renewable growth, said that if alternatives were found to hit renewable targets offshore wind should be “moderated.”