EI Chief Executive discusses why young people should choose a career in energy at global offshore wind conference

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Aspiring young energy professionals heard from Energy Institute Chief Executive Louise Kingham OBE FEI about the incredible career opportunities available in energy, at the Ørsted Skills Hub, part of RenewableUK’s Global Offshore Wind conference in Manchester in June. 

Addressing school and university students, Louise said: ‘In energy well over a million people rely on the energy industry in the UK for employment. And one thing is certain - there is a massive demand for skilled new entrants.’

‘In engineering more broadly, EngineeringUK reports that to keep pace with demand across the economy 203,000 people with engineering skills are required per year to 2024.’

Praising initiatives such as the Year of Engineering, which aims to encourage more young people especially young girls into STEM related careers, she said: ‘I’m absolutely convinced that a modern, diverse energy system needs a modern, diverse workforce. 

‘That means all talents, bringing the best society has to offer to these huge challenges.’

Louise also spoke of the enormous potential for offshore wind around the UK’s shores. The growing strength of this sector was reflected in the EI’s Energy Barometer 2018, with wind being rated one of the least risky of all investments. The industry and government are expected soon to publish a sector deal that could see 30GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030.

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