What job profiles and skills are needed in an offshore wind supply chain? Lessons from twenty years of offshore wind in Germany
In many regions around the globe policymakers are planning to rely on the special qualities of offshore wind energy for a climate-friendly electricity supply and for the production of “green” hydrogen. Skilled workers are needed for this. In Germany, not only have around 1500 offshore wind turbines with a capacity of 7.8 GW been installed since 2009. A supply chain has also emerged that has created far more than 20,000 full-time jobs. In this Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue side event, we will discuss which job profiles have emerged in the German market, how education and training are supported and what other markets can learn from the German development.
• Introduction: Opportunities and challenges for offshore wind in Germany – Heike Winkler, Managing Director, WAB e.V.
• Status and perspectives of value creation and employment in the German offshore wind sector – Dirk Briese, CEO, wind:research
• What skills are needed to build and maintain an offshore wind farm? Lessons from the pioneering Meerwind Süd/Ost project – Jens Assheuer, Chairman of the WAB e.V. Executive Board and former CEO, WindMW Service GmbH
• Combining managerial skills with technical expertise: The Offshore Wind Energy MBA – Wolfgang Lukas, Professor of Business Economics at Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences
• A Danish perspective on job profiles and skills in an offshore wind supply chain – Tomas Anker Christensen, Ambassador for Climate Change of Denmark
Key questions, leading questions:
• What job profiles and skills are needed to plan, build and maintain offshore wind farms?
• How can these skills be developed?
• What synergies can offshore wind form with other industries and related services?
• What framework conditions are needed to build a stable value chain that enables employment?
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