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Title: The Wind Energy Workforce in the United States: Training, Hiring, and Future Needs

Abstract

Researchers received 247 completed interviews from wind industry employers and 50 completed interviews from representatives from educational institutions with wind energy courses, to better understand the wind industry workforce, hiring needs, and educational pathways . The interviews revealed that 68% of wind industry firms interviewed had difficulty hiring across most occupations. Twenty-five percent of firms searched outside of the United States to find candidates with appropriate skills and experience, which some employers consider lacking, among domestic candidates. At the same time, interview results showed that people who graduate from wind energy educational programs often do not enter the wind industry upon graduation - the majority find employment outside of the wind industry. In addition, some educational and training institutions with wind or renewable energy-specific programs reported difficulty filling courses. This difficulty of employers finding well qualified workers while wind and renewable energy graduates report difficulty finding jobs in the wind industry is the wind energy workforce gap. Narrowing this workforce gap - decreasing hiring difficulty while increasing graduates' ability to find jobs in the wind industry - could reduce recruiting costs, better satisfy employer needs, and grow the domestic wind workforce. Narrowing the gap would simultaneously help educational institutions moremore » efficiently fill classrooms and communicate wind-industry career options to potential students. Twenty-five percent of firms searched outside of the United States to find candidates with appropriate skills and experience, which some employers consider lacking, among domestic candidates. At the same time, interview results showed that people who graduate from wind energy educational programs often do not enter the wind industry upon graduation - the majority find employment outside of the wind industry. In addition, some educational and training institutions with wind or renewable energy-specific programs reported difficulty filling courses. This difficulty of employers finding well qualified workers while wind and renewable energy graduates report difficulty finding jobs in the wind industry is the wind energy workforce gap. Narrowing this workforce gap - decreasing hiring difficulty while increasing graduates' ability to find jobs in the wind industry - could reduce recruiting costs, better satisfy employer needs, and grow the domestic wind workforce. Narrowing the gap would simultaneously help educational institutions more efficiently fill classrooms and communicate wind-industry career options to potential students.« less

Authors:
 [1]
  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Wind and Water Technologies Office (EE-4W)
OSTI Identifier:
1547263
Report Number(s):
NREL/TP-6A20-73908
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
17 WIND ENERGY; wind energy workforce; wind industry employment; wind industry education; wind industry training

Citation Formats

Keyser, David J. The Wind Energy Workforce in the United States: Training, Hiring, and Future Needs. United States: N. p., 2019. Web.
Keyser, David J. The Wind Energy Workforce in the United States: Training, Hiring, and Future Needs. United States.
Keyser, David J. Tue . "The Wind Energy Workforce in the United States: Training, Hiring, and Future Needs". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1547263.
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abstractNote = {Researchers received 247 completed interviews from wind industry employers and 50 completed interviews from representatives from educational institutions with wind energy courses, to better understand the wind industry workforce, hiring needs, and educational pathways . The interviews revealed that 68% of wind industry firms interviewed had difficulty hiring across most occupations. Twenty-five percent of firms searched outside of the United States to find candidates with appropriate skills and experience, which some employers consider lacking, among domestic candidates. At the same time, interview results showed that people who graduate from wind energy educational programs often do not enter the wind industry upon graduation - the majority find employment outside of the wind industry. In addition, some educational and training institutions with wind or renewable energy-specific programs reported difficulty filling courses. This difficulty of employers finding well qualified workers while wind and renewable energy graduates report difficulty finding jobs in the wind industry is the wind energy workforce gap. Narrowing this workforce gap - decreasing hiring difficulty while increasing graduates' ability to find jobs in the wind industry - could reduce recruiting costs, better satisfy employer needs, and grow the domestic wind workforce. Narrowing the gap would simultaneously help educational institutions more efficiently fill classrooms and communicate wind-industry career options to potential students. Twenty-five percent of firms searched outside of the United States to find candidates with appropriate skills and experience, which some employers consider lacking, among domestic candidates. At the same time, interview results showed that people who graduate from wind energy educational programs often do not enter the wind industry upon graduation - the majority find employment outside of the wind industry. In addition, some educational and training institutions with wind or renewable energy-specific programs reported difficulty filling courses. This difficulty of employers finding well qualified workers while wind and renewable energy graduates report difficulty finding jobs in the wind industry is the wind energy workforce gap. Narrowing this workforce gap - decreasing hiring difficulty while increasing graduates' ability to find jobs in the wind industry - could reduce recruiting costs, better satisfy employer needs, and grow the domestic wind workforce. Narrowing the gap would simultaneously help educational institutions more efficiently fill classrooms and communicate wind-industry career options to potential students.},
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