There are thousands of people employed in offshore wind, and each person has taken a slightly different career path. Many people come into offshore wind from other sectors, as many of the roles or skills are transferable. Whether you've a background or interest in the sciences, engineering, construction, business, economics, communication, or policy, there is likely to be a role in offshore wind. 

Jobs in offshore wind are spread across the UK, particularly along the east coast of Scotland and England. According to our last surveys, the average age of people in the industry was 38, with a quarter of the workforce being under 30 - making the offshore wind industry younger than the national average. Individual companies and the sector as a whole are looking at how best to train newcomers, increase diversity and improve gender balance

Not every role in offshore wind requires a degree. There are also opportunities to enter the sector through vocational routes such as Higher National Certificates, Higher National Diplomas, and apprenticeships. 

Below is information on just some of the common roles in offshore wind. 

Emily French

JDR Cables


I completed my A-levels in maths, physics and product design and decided I wanted to go for an apprenticeship. I thought an apprenticeship would be the best route into engineering, as one of the main aspects of the profession is having good practical knowledge - something university couldn't necessarily offer me.

I heard JDR was recruiting engineering apprentices. I didn’t have any prior knowledge of subsea umbilicals and cables, but I thought it could be an interesting opportunity to learn something new within a growing industry. I was successful in gaining a place as one of JDRs first apprentices, and am now working full time at JDR where I am continuing to build on my practical and theoretical skills and knowledge.