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Skills network for European wind energy (WINDSKILL)

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The wind sector has already created more than a hundred thousand jobs. Looking towards 2020, the European Wind Energy Association expects 1.8 million people to be employed in the sector. Yet the wind industry has problems finding skilled staff to be in charge of installation and maintenance – occupations which could take up to 70% of the sector's workforce. Despite the emergence of a European market, staff qualifications are still regulated at local or national level which is an inadequate approach for a European market. Windskill is designed to overcome this critical barrier being an industry based initiative, aiming to create a European Qualification Profile for on- and offshore workers. Appropriate curricula will be developed and tested on approximately 50 workers in Germany, France, Netherlands and Italy. The project will include Europe-wide recognition of the established minimum standards – a major step towards a fully functioning industry and the mobility of its workers.


  • Compilation of an inventory of all relevant but currently uncoordinated national and local regulations pertaining to key work assignments, such as working with high voltages, working at heights, working with cranes and marine survival;
  • Adoption of a strategy for the development of a European Qualification Profile for the wind energy sector. The Profile will be completed through extensive stakeholder consultations;
  • Curricula tested on approximately 50 workers in Germany, France, Netherlands and Italy;
  • At least 12 authorities and 40 companies, mainly manufacturers and operators, are expected to adopt the European Qualification Profile;
  • Windskill was accepted as a partner to the ‘Sustainable Energy Europe’ campaign of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Energy and Transport;

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Bundesverband Windenergie e.V.
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Gerard McGovern


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In brief

01/11/2006 to 31/10/2009
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