Equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) were also addressed in the report which noted that women make up 18% of the current workforce. However, the industry has committed to increasing this to at least one-third by 2030 – and to reach a stretch target of 40% if possible.
Professor Dan Parsons, Director of the University of Hull’s Energy & Environment Institute said: “The University is at the heart of the Humber region’s drive to a Net Zero economy, providing the region and the nation with the skilled workforce for this low-carbon future.
“We recently re-launched our MSc in Renewable Energy, and through partnerships with the likes of Siemens Gamesa, Ørsted and the ORE Catapult, we are now recognised as a key stakeholder in the low-carbon sector.
“We are also ensuring that our programmes map to our research strengths in Net Zero and that our students have access to the cutting edge of the energy transition.
“The University is also committed to widening participation and improving equality, diversity and inclusivity in the renewables and low-carbon industries. It is part of our commitment at Hull to create a fairer, brighter, carbon neutral future for all.”
The University of Hull is actively supporting the expansion of a skilled workforce through its postgraduate training portfolio in low-carbon and renewable energy.
This includes Masters programmes in Renewable Energy and Offshore Wind Energy & the Environment. The Aura Postgraduate Degree Apprenticeship in Offshore Wind Energy Engineering is additionally delivered through an innovative partnership with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.
The University’s Energy & Environment Institute also leads the Aura Centre for Doctoral Training, in partnership with the universities of Durham, Newcastle and Sheffield and key sector organisations including the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.
Through its innovative blend of PGDip training, cutting edge research and continuing professional development, the Aura CDT is boosting the number of qualified individuals with the skills to support the expansion of the sector.
A further 20 individuals will begin funded PhDs with the Aura CDT from September 2021, with applications opening at the end of March.
The full Offshore Wind Skills Intelligence Model Report Summary 2021-2026 is now available to view.