Offshore Wind Skills Hub 


Learn about Offshore Wind in the Orsted Skills Hub

For Students: Schools (Years 10 - 13) and University Level

Offshore wind is a growing industry and a great career option for a growing number of people. Even better, offshore wind is a great place to look for well paid, long term jobs that make a difference.

The UK is a world leader in this technology, and investing heavily in offshore wind as we tackle climate change and build out a new generation of electricity power plants. Turbines with blades the size of jumbo jets are turning all around our coastline as you read this. Each rotation of its blades produces enough electricity to power a house for over a day. Right now offshore wind provides power equal to the demand of 10 million UK homes, and our industry will treble in size by 2030. Other countries are now following the UK’s lead, meaning there are opportunities around the world, not just here in the UK.

Turbine Size Comparison

There is a pipeline of offshore wind schemes in development, and each project typically operates for 25 years, meaning that whether you are looking at career options in design, construction or operation, there are good career opportunities out there for you. Our industry is a growing young sector and needs people with different skills and levels of experience, so is a good option for many different people.

However, knowing where to start can be a challenge. If you want to learn about offshore wind, are thinking about subject or degree choices, or want to understand future career options then the Ørsted Skills Hub at Global Offshore Wind 2018 is for you.

Event Details:

Date & Time: Wednesday 20 June from 10.00 - 16.00
Who can Attend: School Students (Years 10 - 13) & University Students
Location: Manchester Central Convention Centre
Registration: The Skills Hub is free to attend but you need to register in advance to secure your free ticket using the dedicated registration page.

All day, we have inspiring talks, exhibits and activities, as well as careers advisers on hand to help you. We will have some of our industry’s rising stars on hand to talk about how they got their career break and give advice, and an opportunity to learn about some of the exciting companies leading the way in offshore wind. 

You can be anything you want to be! Visit our Faces of Wind Page and enjoy a glimpse into your potential future career...

Helicopter Pilot Project Quality Engineer Master Mariner Offshore Wind Project Manager
Helicopter Pilot Project Quality Manager Master Mariner Offshore Wind Project Manager
Event Programme:
10:00 - 10:15               VIP Speaker

10:15 - 11:00





Louise Kingham, Energy Institute

Hear from people who are currently working in offshore wind answer key questions about their perspectives on their job and the industry including:

  • What inspires them?
  • What is the day to day focus of their work?
  • What are the biggest challenges they face in their job? 
  • Why did they get involved in offshore wind?

Sophie Hartfield-Lewis, Ørsted

Apprentice, Ørsted

Oliver George, Ogden Trust Energy Internship

Lorna Bennet, ORE Catapult

11:00 - 11:15 Isabella O’Dowd, WWF  

11:15 - 11:30


Introduction to the Orsted Offshore Wind Skills Hub break-out sessions

Students will then break into groups and attend the break-out sessions below for the remainder of the afternoon. The sessions will provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Meet people working in the industry
  • Understand the different roles in offshore wind
  • Receive skills and careers advice
  • Enjoy guided exhibition tours so they can meet the industry!

Skills Hub Diagram










15:00 - 16:00

Exhibition open for students to explore


Event Closes


Pick up an Offshore Wind Skills Kit!

All Skills Hub attendees will receive a complimentary Offshore Wind Skills Kit on arrival including RenewableUK’s new Offshore Wind Skills Guide.

Don't forget to register through the Skills Hub link for your free ticket (note, please do not register via the main ticket page).