By Kari Williamson
The renewable energy sector already employs nearly 12,000 people full-time in the UK, and the industry has further potential to to create long-term skilled employment.
Major companies have already identified specific sites they want to develop into the wind turbine factories of the future, and submitted planning applications to turn their vision into reality.
RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, Maria McCaffery, says: “The expansion of the wind, wave and tidal industry has the potential to generate up to 120,000 jobs over the next 10 years, both directly and through the UK-based supply chain that is growing alongside the industry.
“Many of the new opportunities the offshore wind industry in particular will generate will be in the old industrial areas along our coastline – areas badly in need of new employment. Working with Unite the Union, who will represent many of these future workers, will help us achieve this vision.”
Unite the Union’s National Officer for Energy, Kevin Coyne, adds: "As the foremost trade union in the UK energy sector, with members in every form of power generation and distribution, Unite are exceptionally mindful of the massive potential for growth and employment the renewable energy sector provides.
“Unite are committed to supporting the UK wind, wave and tidal industries to ensure that they create long term skilled employment opportunities. Unite look forward to working with RenewableUK and their member companies to the mutual benefit of the industry and the workforce."