Anticipatory skills trends workshop

21mar09:3012:30Anticipatory skills trends workshopUnderstanding the future skills gap

Event Details

WindEurope, one of the FLORES project partners, will host a workshop on skills trends in the framwork 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.

Context

The wind sector’s continued success depends on adequately preparing its workforce for the future. A strong and sustainable wind industry requires future-proofing capabilities across the whole value chain, including both offshore and onshore activities. When an industry lacks the necessary expertise, a chain reaction occurs, resulting in bottlenecks such as non-standardized training courses, costly on-the-job training, and eventually unfilled vacancies. Furthermore, the absence of the necessary skillset can impede projects, making it impossible to achieve industry targets. So, how do we foresee the required skills and meet the wind industry’s demands? This workshop provides a platform for projects and initiatives that have diligently mapped out future skills and trends, aiming to bridge the skills gap and prepare the future workforce.

Aim

Our goal is to obtain a well-articulated response to the wind sector’s skills gap and design a plan of action for converting this information into action and ensuring that stakeholders are well-prepared for the future, even as they deal with pressing concerns today.

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.

Date

21 March 2024, 09.30-12.30

Location

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

Format

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

Presentations

Our workshop will feature insights from:

  • CEDEFOP: Delving into the practical guide they’ve developed, which focuses on methods and activities for skills anticipation. This guide is centered on understanding employment and skills trends within the context of the green transition.
  • T-Shore: Presenting their final report concerning the training and skill requirements within the offshore renewable industry, with a particular emphasis on the technical aspects related to technicians, operators, and coordinators. T-Shore will also present the development of skills ecosystems, known as Centres of Vocational Excellence (COVES), which aim to bring together training providers at secondary and tertiary levels, employers, researchers, development agencies, and employment services.
  • Corporate member: Share insights on industry-level skills anticipation within their company. Describe the departments involved, collaboration with training providers, and the process of skills forecasting. Highlight responsibilities, methods of forecasting, and communication channels utilized to attract a proficient workforce to the industry.
  • FLORES: Sharing their valuable work on establishing a Skills Observatory in the Offshore Renewable Energies sector. They 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. They will present an analysis and paradigm shifters on new technologies, new skills, and emerging jobs.

Discussion

There is a wealth of data available, including practical guidelines, COVES, a skills observatory, and foresight scenarios, all aimed at assisting us in anticipating and adapting to future skill trends. The true problem, however, is converting this knowledge into action and ensuring that stakeholders are well-prepared for the future while dealing with critical concerns now. We will invite participants to debate on the roles and duties of five major stakeholders who will be significantly influenced by future skill trends, as well as how they may successfully prepare for what lies ahead, during our round table talks. Each roundtable will be prepared with discussion questions such as:

  • 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.

Proposed agenda

Time Session
09:30 – 09:40 Welcome and introduction
09:40 – 10:30 Presentations from CEDEFOP [10min + 5Q&A]T-shore [10min + 5Q&A]Corporate member [15min + 5Q&A]
10:30 – 11:15 FLORES presentation and discussion
11:15 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:00 Roundtable discussions
12:00 – 12:20 Roundtable key takeaways
12:20 – 12:30 Close

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Time

(Thursday) 09:30 - 12:30

Location

Bilbao Exhibition Centre