By Ben Simmons
RenewableUK, the trade association for the wind, wave and tidal industry, and Unite the union have signed a memorandum of understanding that will help both organisations create well paid, high-skilled jobs for UK workers.
Both bodies recognise the potential of the sector, in which nearly 12,000 people are already working full-time, to create long-term skilled employment for the UK, and to help boost growth. Major companies have already identified the specific sites they want to develop into the wind turbine factories of the future, and have submitted planning applications to turn their vision into reality.
"As the largest union in the UK energy sector, with members is every form of power generation and distribution, Unite is exceptionally mindful of the massive potential for growth and employment the renewable energy sector provides,” said Unite national officer for energy, Kevin Coyne.
“Unite is committed to support the UK wind, wave and tidal industries to ensure that they create long term skilled employment opportunities. Unite looks forward to working with RenewableUK and its member companies to the mutual benefit of the industry and the workforce."
RenewableUK’s chief executive, Maria McCaffery, said: “The expansion of the wind, wave and tidal industry has the potential to generate up to 120,000 jobs over the next ten years, both directly and through the UK-based supply chain that is growing alongside the industry. Many of the new opportunities the offshore wind industry in particular will generate will be in the old industrial areas along our coastline — areas badly in need of new employment. Working with Unite the union, who will represent many of these future workers, will help us achieve this vision.”
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