Celia Anderson, Offshore Wind Skills Strategy, Skills & Stakeholder Advisor at RWE, spoke with Green Economy Wales about the need to develop careers and not just jobs in the development of a new floating offshore wind sector.
This next decade will see offshore wind become the largest contributor to Wales and the UK's low carbon electricity generation.
It will provide 4GW of renewable energy capacity by 2035 with the potential to accommodate up to an additional 20GW by 2045 and in doing so, will transform the economy in South West Wales.
To fulfil this potential in the Celtic Sea and the vast supply chain that will be needed to deliver the many connected projects, we will need to attract more skilled people at all levels into the renewable energy sector. This will take a collaborative effort by Welsh Government, local authorities, education providers, windfarm developers, port authorities and other participants in the supply chain.