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Logistics workers should take advantage of offshore wind opportunities

By: Deborah Bates
11 February 2011

Those working in logistics roles should take advantage of the opportunities presented by the offshore wind sector, one energy chief has said.

According to Rick Eggleston, a representative of RepowerUK, organisations within the offshore wind industry have displayed an increased demand for talent; in roles covering logistics, engineering and supply chain.

"Today it is undoubtedly the offshore wind sector's 'support' industries that meet these demands most keenly, especially logistics," Eggleston claimed.

He went on to say wind energy roles could build a stable jobs market for those with the right experience, adding that the jobs on offer within the industry could bring the "longest term benefit" to the sector and its workforce.

"The demand for talent within the wind energy sector is vast and likely to proliferate across the supply chain," Eggleston told Click Green. "Skilled workers will be vital."

Cross-skilling will be the next big step for the marketplace, Eggleston argued, stating that training programmes and other employment incentives will be essential.

This could possibly mean an increase in the amount of companies providing logistics and CPC training, in a bid to help their workers developed transferable skills.

"The potential is clearly huge and the sheer scale of offshore wind will provide many UK-based employment opportunities for decades to come," he continued on Click Green. "However we cannot afford to be complacent. We must act quickly to source the right people - let's hope the UK can seize its opportunity."

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