Programme launched to tackle staff shortages in the wind sector

Minister Simon Harris launches the Skillnet Ireland programme to tackle the staff shortage in the Wind Sector.

With energy prices increasing, the need to move to domestically generated sustainable energy is becoming ever more apparent.

The expansion of Green Tech Skillnet’s Wind Turbine Technician programme, announced last week, will help provide a vital pipeline of workers with the green energy skills needed to meet Ireland’s 2030 targets for CO2 emissions reduction and renewable energy provision.

Aimed at people with electrical, mechanical or engineering backgrounds, once complete trainees will be certified with Wind Turbine Technicians. The course is delivered in two stages, the first phase being in-person technical training followed by an industry placement.

The Green Tech Skillnet, the facilitator of the programme, works to support companies such as ESB, GE, EDF and Energia to name but a very few, in order to ensure that this industry has the skills and talent required to meet our climate action targets.

30 wind turbine technicians will be trained in 2022.