How many job roles are there in the offshore wind supply chain? The answer is many. Many of these job roles are not immediately obvious, but they will play a significant part in developing a robust and specialist UK supply chain. When we think of job opportunities, our minds are naturally drawn to those offered by the main tier 1 contractors; such as large scale manufacturing and assembly of large components. The 1,000 job roles at Siemens’ blade manufacturing facility in Hull are well documented in the press. The truth is, there is incredible diversity in the type of job roles across the entire offshore wind supply chain, from project development, turbine supply, balance of plant supply, installation and commissioning through to operations, maintenance and service.

We were recently commissioned by Green Port Hull to write a ‘Job Roles in Offshore Wind‘ guide, focusing on the likely job opportunities that could be fulfilled by someone living in Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire. The guide helps professionals, careers advisors and school-leavers understand the wide variety of job roles, from a marine mammal observer to a cable jointer, and from a UXO diver to a rope access and blade repair technician. It also provides practical tips on how to start a career in offshore wind.

In preparing the guide, we looked at almost 200 functions across the supply chain. We identified the 36 highest priority functions to Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire in terms of the number of job roles that could be created, the significance of the worker location and current local supply chain capability. Our approach can be used for different regions, countries or even industries. Each is likely to have different high priority functions and therefore job roles to those identified in our guide for Green Port Hull, depending on market maturity and the make-up of the local supply chain.

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The Job Roles in Offshore Wind report is now available to download from the Green Port Hull website.