The renewable energy industry has a central role in meeting the UK’s net zero targets, but the sector must address its ageing workforce to avoid skills challenges in the future according to new research by the ECITB.
The renewables sector, which includes wind, wave, tidal, hydro power, solar and biomass, is the fifth largest in terms of distribution of the engineering construction industry (ECI) workforce.
However, analysis of data provided by ECITB-registered companies operating in the renewables sector, suggests the sector has more over 60s and fewer workers between the ages of 30 and 59 (16% and 47% respectively) than the wider ECI (12% and 50% respectively). Only 13% of the workforce is under the age of 30, slightly below the ECI average (15%).
The ECITB’s Workforce Census provides a detailed snapshot of the engineering construction supply chain workforce and reveals the key challenges facing industry. It suggests that companies in the renewable industry supply chain will need to attract transferees from other sectors as well as do more to recruit younger generations in order to meet the anticipated growth in the renewables sector over the coming decades.
In terms of current occupations, turbine technicians and electrical fitters are among the most prominent roles, representing 40% of technicians and 27% of craftsperson respectively.