Wind industry "creates jobs bonanza"News // December 15, 2011
RenewableUK, the trade association representing the wind, wave and tidal energy industries, has hailed two job creation announcements this week as further evidence of the massive potential of the renewable energy sector to create employment, at a time when the economic downturn is leading to redundancies elsewhere.
Siemens has taken a big step forward by submitting a planning application to build a wind turbine factory at Alexandra Dock in Hull. This will create 700 jobs directly, and many more in the supply chain, when it opens within the next three years.
This follows news that the wind turbine tower manufacturer Mabey Bridge in Chepstow is ramping up production to operate 24 hours a day to meet growing demand. The company is creating 45 new jobs, as well as transferring 50 workers from its bridge-building operation, to join the 102 staff already on site, almost doubling the workforce.
Maria McCaffery, RenewableUK's Chief Executive, said" "The wind industry is already employing more than ten thousand people full time – that's set to rise to nearly ninety thousand over the next ten years, not only in the industry itself but also in the supply chain, with components manufacturers supplying this fast-growing sector.
"That pattern is set to continue, even though other sectors are struggling in the current economic climate. Thousands of the engineers, technicians and designers of the future will find employment in the wind industry, helping us to build the low-carbon economy this country needs and deserves."