Jobs guide highlights employment opportunities in offshore wind.

16 May, Wiltshire, Hull and East Riding, UK

BVG Associates and Green Port Hull have launched a guide to the potential job opportunities available in offshore wind to people in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. The guide, called ‘Job Roles in Offshore Wind’ 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 an unexploded ordnance diver to a rope access and blade repair technician. It also provides practical tips on how to start a career in offshore wind.

“Many of these job roles are not immediately obvious,” said Clare Davies, BVG Associates. “But they will play a significant part in developing a robust and specialist UK supply chain.

Often, people only think of opportunities offered by the main tier 1 contractors delivering large scale manufacturing and assembly of large components. A good example would be the 1,000 job roles at Siemens’ blade manufacturing facility in Hull. The offshore wind industry offers an incredible diversity in the type of job roles across the entire supply chain.

In preparing the guide, almost 200 functions across the supply chain were analysed. From this analysis, the 36 functions with the highest priority to Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire, in terms of the number of job roles, were identified, taking into account the significance of the worker location and current local supply chain capability.

“The guide has already been a great help to career advisors in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire,” said Dawn Hall, Project Manager, Green Port Growth Business Support. “It’s helping people understand and make the most of all the offshore wind job opportunities in the region.”

The approach used in the guide can be used for many regions, countries or even industries. Each is likely to have its own high priority functions and therefore job roles, depending on market maturity and the make-up of the local supply chain.

The report is available to download on both the Green Port Hull and BVGA websites and is also being distributed to schools, colleges and job centres throughout Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire.

About BVG Associates

BVG Associates is an independent consultancy with expertise in the technology, implementation and economics of renewable energy generation systems. We strive to make renewable energy production a major and cost-effective component of the energy mix. Our headquarters is in the UK and the team have contributed to the growth of the industry through the publication of a wide range of keynote reports and providing technology, economic and business expert advice to players across the industry. For more details, contact Clare Davies.

About Green Port Hull

Green Port Hull aims to establish Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire as a world-class centre for renewable energy, creating wealth and employment. The Port of Hull’s prime location in relation to the offshore wind opportunities in the North Sea means the region is perfectly placed to capitalise on the UK’s offshore wind industry.
The centrepiece of Green Port Hull is the £310m regeneration and development of Alexandra Dock, by Siemens and Associated British Ports (ABP), to create a world-class offshore wind turbine blade manufacturing, assembly and servicing and export facility.

The facility, which opened in December 2016, has the potential to be the single biggest influence on Hull’s economy for generations. It employs 1,000 people directly on site and has created thousands of support roles within new and existing supply chain businesses. See

In addition to this is the establishment of the Green Port Growth Programme, which is administered by East Riding and Hull City Councils. With an investment of £25.7m the programme, which is supported by the Regional Growth Fund, is designed to capitalise on renewable opportunities and to develop indigenous business growth within the renewables sector, securing long-term economic growth for the region. The project provides continual support to help local businesses recognise and embrace potential opportunities within the renewables sector.

The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) has supported eligible projects and programmes raising private sector investment to create economic growth and lasting employment. It has invested £2.6bn to help businesses in England to grow; and is expected to deliver over 557,000 jobs by the mid 2020s.

The report is available to download from our publications page and the Green Port Hull website.