Published: 22.03.2024

Wind2 take part in the Green Energy Careers Expo

The Wind2 team recently took part in the Green Energy Careers Expo at Alness Academy in the Highlands of Scotland. The event was arranged by Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) – Inverness and Central Highland. DYW fosters partnerships between local schools and businesses to provide support for young people as they plan for the future.

The renewable energy industry boasts a wide range of diverse and interesting roles and the day aimed to inform over 600 Highland secondary school students about the opportunities available in the renewable energy industry.

The Event

Approximately 50 companies associated with the renewable energy industry came together, each with a stand and information ready to inform the students attending on the range of careers available. The day was very busy with each school allocated a 45-minute session comprising of a short and informative presentation by one of event sponsors followed by time for students to explore the exhibition and chat about the career opportunities.

Engaging with Young Minds

There was a clear divide among the students regarding their career aspirations. While some demonstrated a clear desire for their future career and knew the path they intended to take, others hadn’t started to consider their plans. The Green Energy Career Expo was a fantastic opportunity for those students that are undecided on their career path to start thinking about their future and what career they might want to take as well as the industry they might want to work in. In addition, it gave the industry experts an opportunity to explain the differing roles that will be in short supply over the next 5-10 years.

Manning the Wind2 stand were Hannah Brown, Project Manager and Janet Wagstaff, PR and Marketing Manager.

Hannah said, “As a born and bred highlander whose school, Dingwall Academy attended the event, I was very keen for Wind2 to take part in the day. The opportunities in the industry are vast and diverse, from planning, design, ornithology, engineering to construction and maintenance along with all the supporting roles such as administration, human resources, accounts and marketing to name but a few. These roles will increase as the industry develops further and is a great opportunity for local kids to build a career without the need to move away to a big city. Talking to so many young people gave Janet and I the chance to really highlight the benefits of a career in our sector and the local area.”

Janet Wagstaff commented “It was interesting speaking to young people. There were few roles that were mentioned that Hannah and I couldn’t apply to the renewable energy industry. I really hope we gave the students who were undecided on their career path food for thought.”

The future

Wind2 and sister company Solar2 are committed to nurturing fresh talent within the renewable energy industry. The Green Energy Careers Expo gave a fantastic opportunity to showcase to young people how they can join an industry that will continue to grow and develop new technologies that will further help the UK remove the reliance on fossil fuels and tackle the climate emergency.

For more information about the latest vacancies, visit our Careers page.