Skills of the future workshop

21mar09:3012:30Skills of the future workshopAnticipating Trends and Addressing Future Skill Gaps

Event Details

WindEurope, one of the FLORES project partners, will host a workshop on skills trends in the framework of WindEurope’s Annual Event, to be held on 21 of March in Bilbao, Spain.

During this session with key stakeholders from all across Europe, members of the FLORES project will present a detailed baseline outlining the current status of occupational profiles and the skills required within the Offshore Renewable Energies. They will also forecast future trends within the industry and share an analyse paradigm shifters on new technologies, new skills, and emerging jobs.


Ensuring the ongoing success of the wind sector hinges upon effectively equipping its workforce for the challenges ahead. Building a robust and sustainable wind industry necessitates future-proofing capabilities across entire value chain, encompassing both offshore and onshore operations. In instances where the industry lacks essential expertise, a domino effect ensues, leading to bottlenecks such as non-standardized training programs, expensive on-the-job training, and ultimately, unfilled job positions. The absence of essential skills can impede projects, hampering the achievement of energy targets.


This workshop provides a platform for projects and initiatives that have carefully planned future skills and trends with the goal of closing the skills gap and preparing the future workforce. Our goal is to elicit well-articulated responses to the wind sector’s skills gap, resulting in a comprehensive plan of action.

Target audience

We extend a warm invitation to corporate members, project partners as well as members of large-scale partnerships investigating future skill trends. We also invite policymakers and educators involved in the wind energy labour market and educational institutions.


21 March 2024, 09.30-12.30


WindEurope Annual Event, BEC – Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Bilbao, Spain


Presentations and round table discussions for max. 40 participants (close-door)


09:30 – 09:40 Welcome and Workshop Objectives, Mariana Batista, WindEurope
09:40 – 11:15 Skills gaps and analysis Jasper van Loo, coordinator of the Department of VET and Skills, CEDEFOP [10min + 10 Q&A]Provides an overview of employment and skill trends, as well as strategies and activities for skill anticipation.Chris Tyler, AON Human Capital [10 min + 10 Q&A]Skills maturity curve in the wind industry, importance of taxonomyLaure Martroye, Project Coordinator, T-shore [10 min + 10 Q&A]Presenting skills and training needs for the ORE target group, including assembly, installation, operations, maintenance, and support services and auxiliary equipment.Lefteris Sdoukopoulos, FLORES [30min + 5min Q&A]Present the skills observatory forecasts future industrial trends, including their impact on capacity demand. They will provide an analysis and paradigm shifters for new technology, new skills, and emerging jobs.
11:15 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 12:00 Roundtable discussions During our roundtable discussions, we will discuss the roles and responsibilities of four important stakeholders who will be strongly impacted by future skill trends, as well as how they may successfully prepare for what lies ahead. Each roundtable will be prepared with discussion questions such as these: Developers, Manufacturers, and O&M Providers: Discussing strategies for future-proofing their workforce while addressing immediate staffing needs.Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs): Exploring avenues for keeping their workforce’s skills up to date, considering potential funding constraints.Vocational Education and Training (VET) and universities: Finding ways to stay current with industry changes, despite challenges related to outdated curricula, funding constraints, and trainer accessibility.Government Involvement: Evaluating the role of governments in ensuring a skilled workforce and discussing whether they should bear the responsibility and financial burden or training.
12:00 – 12:20 Roundtable key takeaways
12:20 – 12:30 Close, Mariana Batista and Nina Mavrogeorgou, WindEurope

FLORES participation

During the skills gaps and analysis session, Lefteris Sdoukopoulos will presend the work done within the FLORES project. He will share their valuable work on establishing a Skills Observatory in the Offshore Renewable Energies sector. He will present a detailed baseline outlining the current status of occupational profiles and the skills required within the Offshore Renewable Energies sector as well as forecast future trends within the industry, including their anticipated impact on capacity demand. He will present an analysis and paradigm shifters on new technologies, new skills, and emerging jobs.



(Thursday) 09:30 - 12:30


Bilbao Exhibition Centre