Overall, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) forecasts for the year 2030 that more than 2.6 million people will be directly or indirectly involved in the wind industry around the globe. In 2014, more than 761,000 people have already been earning their living working in the wind industry. The great interest of qualified professionals is reflected by Wind Energy Hamburg hosting a “Recruitment Day” this Friday.
Career changers and young professionals
On Recruitment Day, companies active in the wind industry will showcase their assets as future-oriented employers in all aspects to job seekers, career changers, and young professionals, in particular. A special exhibition area between Halls B1 and B2 has thus been set up. There, companies, agencies, and universities will provide information on current job and training in short lectures and at their stand. They will also provide future employees, students and trainees with background information on their company and present the opportunities for education, training and career.
Looking for specialists in the world
“We are strongly searching for skilled workers, foremen, technicians and graduate engineers who have experience in the industry. Particularly sought-after are professionals in the commissioning, service and maintenance as well as specialists for rotor blades for onshore facilities in Northern and Southern Germany as well as for onshore and offshore installations throughout Europe”, says Lars Poslednik, CEO of Mensys Germany GmbH, an HR specialist for companies of the renewable energy sector. Nicola Gierke, Senior Recruiting Expert at Nordex SE, a manufacturer of onshore wind turbines, adds: “Next to Germany, where we have the highest amount of vacancies, we are looking for new qualified employees in various other locations, with Scandinavia, South Africa, and U.S. as key countries. We are looking for students interesting in internship or preparing assignments or their thesis. Help is needed in many fields, ranging from occupational safety to service and maintenance. As a leading supplier of wind energy converters for the onshore and offshore power production, WindEnergy exhibitor Woodward is present in fourteen countries. Currently, the company is looking for wind-experienced engineers and technicians for offices in the USA, Germany, and Poland.
HR managers present
In addition to the companies exhibiting at the special areas between halls B1 and B, exhibitors in all exhibition halls will join Recruitment Day activities by dedicated HR staff at their stands acting as contact for job seekers. Anyone looking for a job or training place, will find these companies by following the “Job Route” shown in the visitor guide as well as the fair’s website and in the WindEnergy App. The national daily Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ) with its FAZ job market is the media partner of the Recruitment Day. Individual appointments can be arranged.
Many universities with industry expertise
Also participating at the Recruitment Day will be several universities. The University of Applied Sciences FH Flensburg is one of them, and hopes to attracts the attention of young students by promoting their new master’s degree in wind engineering allowing in-depth studies in the field of renewable energies (Bachelor Energy and Environmental Management, Bachelor Renewable Energy Technology, Bachelor Electrical Energy System Technology). “Like the industry and its fair, the programme is oriented internationally”, explains Prof Dr Torsten Faber, Head of Wind Energy Technology Institute (Weti).
In addition to the Weti, the University of Applied Sciences HAW Hamburg, the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) the Technical University (TU) Berlin, and ForWind, the centre for wind energy research of the universities of Oldenburg, Hanover, and Bremen are present along with TU Munich and PROVENTUS Energy Academy , a training academy for service and maintenance. Students and pupils will benefit from discounted admission to the fair on Recruitment Day.
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