Offshore Wind Industry Gears Up for Worker Training
As the interest in building offshore wind farms grows, so does the need for skilled workers. So far, there hasn’t been enough progress towards putting turbines in the water to invest in training programs, however, recent momentum is changing that. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 43,000 new jobs will be created in the market by 2030, while the Labor Department predicts that wind turbine technicians will be the fastest growing job in the U.S. in the coming decades. Over the 25-year lifespan of a wind farm, specialized talent will be needed in all three phases of development: planning, construction, and operation and maintenance.
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