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Education & Skills Webinar: Overcoming the Wind Workforce Challenge: Solutions, Synergies and Strategies

This event is tailored for individuals engaged in skills and education within the wind industry.

Context: The wind industry is facing a critical shortage of skilled workers, and we are bringing together key stakeholders to tackle this challenge head-on. By joining forces and coordinating efforts, we can find innovative solutions and ensure a thriving and sustainable wind industry.

Target audience: This event is tailored for individuals engaged in skills and education within the wind industry. This includes those addressing issues related to the shortage of skilled workers, recruitment processes, training programs, talent acquisition, reskilling initiatives, and the creation of diverse and inclusive working environments, along with workforce retention.

Aims: Let’s connect and collaborate, exchange knowledge, learn and share best practices.

Date: 14:00-17:00 CEST, 10 October 2023

Format: This webinar is modular. See the description of each block and decide whether you want to join the whole event or just the blocks that interest you the most.


What you will learn: 

  1. Get the bigger picture: understand the wind sector’s overarching challenge
    The challenge encompasses the wind sector and extends to other industries facing similar issues. Explore the wind sector’s competitive edge, find out how to leverage it and use it to attract suitable workforce. Acquire insights into the most recent European labour market data for wind energy and projected 2030 job demands.
  2. Diversified and inclusive workforce: opportunities vs challenges
    Discover best practices from industry-leading companies that have successfully implemented diversity and inclusion initiatives. Uncover practical strategies to effectively incorporate these practices into your own company and team.
  3. Let’s not reinvent the wheel: learn from other sectors
    Explore success stories from companies like Amazon, who have tackled competitive recruitment challenges and bridged skills gaps. Learn valuable lessons from their experiences and apply them to your own organisation.
  4. Secure EU funding for your training program: discover what are the public funding opportunities and how to access them
    Learn how to access public funding opportunities related to skills development. Discover key insights and considerations to keep in mind when pursuing funding for your initiatives.
  5. Find your right partner:
    In a 7-minute pitches session, you will be able to get an idea who is out there with success stories on trainings, jobs platforms, reskilling projects. Save your time by teaming up with those that can support you in your daily challenges.

Draft agenda

Education & Skills Webinar:
Overcoming the Wind Workforce Challenge: Solutions, Synergies and StrategiesDate: Tuesday 10 October (14:00-17:00 CEST)
Format: Online
Get the bigger picture14:05Session: Wind Industry Job Forecast 
Unveil the latest job forecast and macroeconomic indicators for the offshore and onshore value chain in the wind industry.
Ivan Pineda
Director of Innovation, 
14:20Session: Unlocking the Perfect Skillset
Discover the essential skillset for common and high-demand profiles, along with effective strategies for sourcing these talents. 
Vicki Moore
Marketing Director, 
Taylor Hopkinson
Diversified and inclusive workforce14:40Session: Cultivating an Inclusive Workplace
Discover the significance of fostering a supportive working culture that enables successful diversity and inclusion strategies while promoting talent retention.
Sinué Salgado
Head of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Global Talent Management,
14:55Session: Shaping Tomorrow’s Workforce
Renowned industry expert shares research findings on the significance of introducing STEM education at the primary level and its potential to inspire a new generation to join the workforce.
Cristina Aabo
Strategic Advisor, 
Aabo Energy
Learning from other sectors15:15Session: Gaining a Competitive Edge
IT industry experts share best practices on attracting and retaining talent and creating a vibrant and inclusive industry.
Daniel Heintz
Recruiting Manager HR, Public Policy, Amazon
Hendrik de Zwart
Senior Recruiter, Public Policy, Amazon
15:30Session: Overcoming Skill Shortages
Construction industry expert shares successful strategies for managing skilled worker shortages and securing the necessary workforce.
Kate Myer
Director and Expert Adviser, Capacity Building,
Crossrail International Ltd
Unlock funding opportunities15:50Session: Accessing European Funding for Skills
Representative from the European Commission present funding opportunities related to skills and provides valuable insights on key considerations to keep in mind.
Felix Rohn
Policy Officer
European Commission
Find your right partner16:05Session: Exploring Opportunities to Engage
7-minute pitches from dynamic initiatives, programmes, and projects showcasing best-practices and inspiring success stories:Laure Martroye, POM West-Vlaanderen
Exploring Innovation: learn and visit Belgium’s newest state of the art VR training labIan Buckland, GWO
Elevate Your Business: join the Propel campaign to showcase your services and support a skilled wind industry workforce Karolina Jastrzębska, WindHunter Academy
Effective Reskilling: Discover Specialized Training Programs for Fishermen, Coal Miners, and the Military Alyssa Pek, Offshore Wind Learning
Boost Your Expertise: access the ultimate online platform for scaling up offshore wind knowledge Ides Van Damme, T-Shore
Harmonizing the Future: Explore Efforts to Standardize Technical Skills in Offshore Renewable Energy and Foster the Creation of Vocational Excellence Centers (CoVEs) Artur Ambrożewicz, Vulcan Training
Nurturing Tomorrow’s Workforce: Discover Strategies for Engaging with and Inspiring Young Minds Karsten Kryger, DTU
Skills for the Future: collaborate on EU’s Digital Skills Development project for wind energy Krzysztof Bulski, Skills4Energy News
Stay Informed: discover key insights into the evolving energy industry skills landscape 
Concluding remarks17:00Malgosia Bartosik
Deputy CEO, WindEurope

Source: WindEurope