Responding to the skills shortage in the wind industry, for the first time this year the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) hosted a job fair on the third day of its annual conference and exhibition. Thirty companies took part, including GE Energy, Gamesa, LM Glasfiber, Airtricity and GL Wind. "A real success" was how Airtricity's Paul Motion summed up the day, with an above average hit-rate of interesting and motivated candidates, "from raw graduates to quite senior managerial level." While the majority were engineers and technicians, there was also a strong showing of candidates with managerial, financial and commercial backgrounds. EWEA estimates around 150,000 people are employed in the wind-energy sector in the EU. According to the European Commission, this figure could more than double by 2020, creating 368,000 new jobs in the sector.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol