New film series inspires career paths into offshore wind

Careers and pathways into the UK’s most dynamic and growing renewables industry are laid out plain and simple in a series of new films launched online by Triton Knoll and RWE, which is one of the lead sponsors of this year’s #FuturesForum event at Global Offshore Wind 2020.

The easy access films are part of a package of specially produced materials for students and teachers, highlighting the wide range of jobs in the industry, and the subjects, skills and career pathways students can explore to get there.

Case studies from colleagues across Triton Knoll and RWE’s diverse offshore workforce prove it’s not just engineers who get to make a difference in the industry; with geologists, graphic designers, maritime professionals, archaeologists, biologists, and manufacturing ‘techies’ amongst those playing a part in delivering offshore wind farms around the globe.

Julian Garnsey, RWE project director for Triton Knoll said: “We work in one of the most exciting and dynamic industries in the world, able to make a real difference in the fight against climate change and helping protect our planet by what we do, every day.

“It’s a fast growing industry, with the support of government, and so is a great long-term career choice, as we aim to generate enough low carbon electricity to power every single home in the UK by 2030. Innovation thrives on diversity and attracting new entrants is essential for the success of the renewable energy revolution.

“We hope that through these films and resources, we can provide a glimpse into our world of offshore wind and inspire students to come and learn more about the industry, how to get involved and ultimately join us on our journey towards carbon neutrality.”

Take a look at what’s on offer, visit our dedicated website pages here.

Offshore wind is at the heart of the UK’s energy policy as the nation leads the global race towards carbon neutral energy in a bid to halt climate change and its catastrophic impact on our planet. It presents a huge opportunity for future careers which can be long term, well paid and inspiring to those who want to make a difference to our impact on the planet.

With the support of government, as announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this month, the offshore industry expects to employ around 60,000 people by 2030, while looking to increase the number of women and those from BAME backgrounds working in the sector. Businesses in the sector are also working with further education institutions and universities to increase opportunities.

At the heart of the package of careers guides, is a main film which plots a course from the need for action against climate change, to how offshore wind farms work, and then focuses on the people and roles that make it all happen.

View the main careers film here.


Alongside, are a series of inspiring case studies of real and diverse people working in the renewables industry. They include the cyclist who shapes wind farms; the free diver who pulls the teams and components together; the geography graduate who protects wildlife on a windfarm; to the languages specialist who travels the world organising vessels and crews.

View the case studies here.


Harry ReidAmong the young stars featured is Grimsby man Harry Reid who explains his career pathway from qualified electrical engineer to wind turbine technician, and who works on his doorstep thanks to the RWE managed Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm. Check out  Harry’s case study here.


The package of careers and skills guidance is designed to inspire students who may be seeking jobs in the sector and wondering how to get started, or simply keen to know what kind of jobs their educational choices could lead them to.

The materials can be seen in isolation or as part of a supported lesson plan in schools. There’s also a teachers’ pack and helpful materials designed to help guide students’ study pathways towards their future goals.