A National College of Wind Energy was announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable. The employer-led National college will train both students and professionals in order to meet the demands of the offshore wind sector, as well as onshore wind developments and marine renewables projects. A specialist educational institution of this type will help the UK close the skills gap and ensure Britain’s economy remains strong for the future.

The college will open in 2016 and will be located near the Siemens £310 million wind turbine factory at the Green Port Hull site. The college will interact with a number of other institutions around the UK, and businesses are being encouraged to take an active role in encouraging young Britons, still in education, to consider a career in the renewable energy sector.

This news is exciting for wind energy site developers such as ourselves. It is essential that the UK invests heavily in technical skills so that economic growth, which is underpinned by technological innovation, a strong manufacturing sector and scientific excellence, is sustained and we are not left lagging behind countries like France and Germany.