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More than 500,000 Wind Technicians Needed by 2026, Says GWEC

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Driven by the rapid increase in the deployment and operation of onshore and offshore wind energy projects, the demand for skilled wind energy technicians is expected to significantly increase over the next five years, a new report conducted by the Global Wind Organization (GWO) and Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) emphasizes.

With the fleet for both onshore and offshore wind energy projects anticipated to increase 67% by 2026 – driven by the need to secure energy supply and achieve net-zero goals – the number of technicians required to build and maintain these projects will therefore also need to increase to approximately 569,000, the Global Wind Workforce Outlook 2022-2026 states.

“There are enormous and transformative job creation opportunities brought by wind power to countries around the world and this report reminds us that for the industry to grow sustainably, a rapidly expanding workforce must be given the opportunity to work safely, with training according to industry best practice, so they can do their jobs with competence and live healthy lives.”

The report emphasizes that priority needs to be placed on the recruitment and training of wind energy turbine technicians in order for the industry to be able to deliver new capacity, modern grid networks and a just transition.

While 119,000 new wind energy turbine technicians are expected to enter the market every year, GWO and GWEC have urged global governments to implement policies to support the rapid expansion of the industry, skills development initiatives as well as the adoption of industry safety and technical standards to meet the growing gap in the workforce. The study states that 142,100 new recruits will be needed over the coming five-year period.

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Nicholas Nhede

Nicholas Nhede

Nicholas is an energy sector journalist with a passion on how technology and diversification of the energy mix can be used to address energy sector challenges. Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication studies and has been covering energy-related topics including the Internet of Things, distributed energy and digitalisation since 2015.