The cheap gas and oil sector is the right place to look for skilled workers who are able to transfer their achievements to the wind energy industry, an expert has said.
Rick Eggleston, managing director of wind energy supplier RepowerUK, told ClickGreen that the green energy industry has "clearly huge" potential.
However, the "real challenge" is not how to generate jobs in the sector but rather finding the right skills to fill vacancies.
Therefore, looking for good workers in the oil and gas sector might be advantageous because they will already possess many of the skills needed in wind energy.
"The next step is to encourage 'cross-skilling' through apprenticeship schemes, training programmes and other employment incentives. Wind energy companies must also be willing to recognise the value of transferable skills, and invest in their own training schemes," Mr Eggleston said.
"The saying 'Carpe Diem' seems appropriate - let's hope the UK can seize its opportunity and become a world leader in wind energy generation," he added.
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