Cultivating Talent for the Offshore Wind Era

A new, globally certified training center in Taichung is helping Taiwan develop specialized personnel and talent for its offshore wind industry.

Taiwans shortage of qualified talent to work in the offshore wind business is among its chief challenges in developing the sector. Unlike many nations that have developed offshore wind, Taiwan has almost no marine industry such as offshore oil and gas from which to draw workers. Very few Taiwanese have the qualifications or experience to directly enter the industry.

Consequently, offshore wind relies almost entirely on foreign personnel, mostly from Europe. These workers come at a premium, reportedly earning between US$700 and $1,200 per day. Adding to the problem, COVID-19s impact on global travel has disrupted the supply of those workers, leading to construction delays. A report by the Global Wind Energy Council last April forecasts demand for 77,000 offshore wind workers by 2024 in the Asia-Pacific region, including 14,000 needed in Taiwan.

CWind, an offshore wind manpower and vessels provider from the UK, recognized early on that it couldnt conduct its business without a supply of qualified workers. 

We either needed to  bring them back to the UK to train them or we could bite the bullet and do something here that allows us to keep our workforce trained, says Tom Manning, deputy general manager of its local subsidiary, CWind Taiwan. It therefore decided to open a training center to meet its own personnel needs.

When the government lea....

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