The Wind Industry
The global wind industry is currently seeing unprecedented growth and, according to RenewableUK (RUK), will support up to 27,000 direct jobs in the UK alone by 2030.
7 Top Tips
For those looking to get into the global wind sector, here’s our 7 top tips:
- Get a WINDA ID - the very first thing wind companies do before taking you on is check you have a WINDA ID. This is an online portal recording all the qualifications and data on potential wind personnel so make sure you are registered. View our step-by-step guide to registering with WINDA or visit https://winda.globalwindsafety.org/ to find out more.
- Get a trade – having a strong engineering or construction background with good technical knowledge is a distinct advantage in the wind industry. Those with an existing trade such as electricians and mechanics will find their skills are easily transferable to wind. If you don’t have a trade, make sure you amplify any relevant experience or transferable skills on your CV.
- Have the right attitude – like any employer, wind companies are looking for people with the right attitude, who are self-motivated and hard-working. Being determined and committed can go a long way to making you stand out for employers so make sure these soft skills stand out on your CV. Having the right attitude will also help with the long and tricky search for the right job and when working in the tough and dangerous conditions of an offshore wind farm.
- Research, research, research – there are lots of different roles within the industry from working on the construction of a turbine through to maintenance, supervision, subsea construction or in the office in a sales or management role. Be clear on what job you want to do and ideally which companies you want to work for. Visit https://www.renewableuk.com/page/Careers to find out more.
- Tailor your CV – once you’re clear on what you want to do and who for, make sure you tailor your CV accordingly to emphasise any relevant experience and skills. Then be persistent. There’s often an element of luck in successful job hunting. Don’t rely on contacting recruitment companies once. Make sure they know who you are and what your relevant skills are, so you are at the top of their list when a potential job comes in.
- Certifications - the wind sector has strict working standards and there is a minimum level of basic safety training all wind workers need to undertake. Having these in the bag before you undertake your job search means you are ready to go should the right opportunity crop up. The certificates required by employers vary according to which project they are working on and the standards they follow are not always aligned, so it is therefore important to check with individual employers as to what their requirements may be. In general, the basic entry level requirements include the following training certificates: GWO Working at Height, GWO Manual Handling, GWO First Aid, GWO Fire Awareness and GWO Sea Survival and Transfer.
- Stay positive – it can be difficult getting that first step on the ladder but don’t give up and remain positive. There are plenty of people who successfully start or transfer into a career in wind. It could be you!
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