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Wind jobs boost for the UK threatened by skills gap

UK: More than 88,000 new people could be employed by the UK wind and marine renewable-energy sector by 2021, according to a new report by Renewable UK and Energy and Utility Skills -- but only if market support and skills issues can be addressed.

Chairman of Renewable UK, Andrew Jamieson
Chairman of Renewable UK, Andrew Jamieson

The study, Working for Green Britain Volume II, suggests a "high-growth scenario" where 51.8GW of installed wind capacity supports 115,000 full-time employees in the UK, including those working in the supply chain, representing 88,000 more jobs in 2021 than in 2010.

But it also warns of a "low-growth scenario" of just 25.7GW of wind capacity supporting 44,000 jobs. Inhibitors to the more optimistic scenario would be lacking financial incentives and protracted regulatory uncertainty, alongside a continuing shortage of skills.

The report says the UK's wind-energy skills shortage needs "to be plugged". Tim Balcon, CEO of training support organisation Energy & Utility Skills, said: "No one organisation or company can achieve this on its own."

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