Wednesday, 17 June 2009

10,000 engineering jobs needed for Irish green energy plans

As many as 10,000 construction and engineering jobs could be created over the next ten years as Ireland steps up its efforts to become a world leader in the use of green energy.
Under the country's ambitious energy plans, it aims to be producing at least 40 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources within the next decade.
However, a new report from Deloitte, which was commissioned by the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA), warned that this target could be unrealistic.
Given the current skills shortage, it is anticipated that thousands of new positions will be created over the coming years in order to give the country's green energy sector a much-needed boost towards attaining the target.
IWEA chief executive Dr Michael Walsh explained: "There is a shortage of experienced personnel and lack of awareness of opportunities in the sector are stunting the sector's growth."
Despite this, energy minister Eamon Ryan has stated that the report's recommendation that some 10,760 engineering and construction jobs be created will be acted upon, with international applicants likely to compete with skilled Irish workers for the positions.
The publication of the report follows on from the celebration of Global Wind Day, which saw a number of European countries pledge to invest more money and effort into the development of renewable power projects.

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