New global programme to develop women’s careers in wind energy

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) have partnered to launch the Women in Wind Global Leadership Programme, which aims to train and mentor women in the industry, and advance career options in the male-dominated sector.

The UK Government recently committed to ensuring that a third of the offshore wind workforce consists of women by 2030.

The renewables industry is unbalanced – women only make up 22% of the global renewables workforce according a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

The initiative is set to develop a comprehensive education programme, educating participants on the latest technology developments and best practices in the industry, along with a network of mentors from leading women in the wind energy sector.

The programme will invite 8 to 10 participants from emerging wind energy markets such as Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Philippines, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam.

The call for applications closes on 15 April 2019, and sponsors will announce the successful applicants, who will participate in the programme between May 2019 and January 2020

Joyce Lee, Policy and Operations Director at GWEC said: “Gender diversity drives innovation, brings valuable perspectives to socio-economic development and provides a richer pool of talent for fast growing industries such as wind.

“I hope that this programme will not only support women that are currently working in wind and drive their career ambitions but also inspire many more to join them.”