Workforce Development and Offshore Wind Careers

Creating pathways to high-quality careers in offshore wind

With offshore wind, we have the power to build a new American workforce – one that is well-trained, well-paid, and open to all. We’re providing job training, student scholarships, and supportive services that lead workers directly to high-quality careers. Through our union commitments and workforce development programs, Ørsted is setting high standards for clean energy jobs and bringing opportunities to communities across the U.S.

Building a new American workforce

Setting industry standards and training workers to meet them

The offshore wind industry is hitting its stride in the U.S., giving us a chance to shape it. As a market leader, Ørsted is working with industry partners to define quality standards for offshore wind jobs, creating opportunities for skilled workers and building an open, accessible sector. This means doing our part to prepare workers, training both young and seasoned professionals to meet the highest standards for clean energy development.
Ørsted workers wearing safety gear undergo safety training to prepare for offshore wind jobs
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Training NJ wind turbine technicians

In partnership with Rowan College of South Jersey, Ørsted’s Wind Power Ready: Atlantic City program is training New Jersey residents to become wind turbine technicians. We’re aiming to hire at least 40% of program graduates for entry level positions.
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Accessible pre-apprenticeships in RI

We’re partnering with Building Futures Rhode Island to train a new generation of carpenters, ironworkers, painters, electricians, and more. This registered pre-apprenticeship program offers hands-on learning and classroom instruction to Rhode Island workers.
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Teacher training in offshore wind

Partnering with unions to build a new American industry 

Union workers were early supporters of the offshore wind industry, quickly recognizing the benefits of an influx of construction, manufacturing, and transportation jobs to America.

That’s why Ørsted has committed to building all our offshore wind farms with union labor. We’re investing in a fair, inclusive union workforce, working closely with state officials, labor leaders, and local institutions to support pre-apprenticeship and safety credentialing programs. This is key to increasing the skills of American workers and maximizing their career opportunities.
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1st American offshore labor agreement

In 2022, Ørsted signed a landmark project labor agreement with North America’s Building Trades Unions – the National Offshore Wind Agreement. This makes us the first developer committed to constructing all our offshore wind farms under collectively bargained, pre-hire labor agreements. 
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58,000 offshore wind jobs 

It’s estimated that the offshore wind industry will create ~58,000 American jobs. Ørsted’s National Offshore Wind Agreement is bringing many of those jobs to union workers, who will earn family-sustaining wages in construction, manufacturing, and maritime work.
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$23 million for job development

We’re investing millions in the training and development of America’s offshore wind workforce. We’ve already launched major initiatives in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island – and we’re just getting started.

Want to learn how the National Offshore Wind Agreement came to be? 

Hear from our partners at NABTU, the AFL-CIO, and Ørsted’s Head of Labor Relations. 

Offering scholarships and training that lead to careers

A new generation of students is looking to solve today’s energy and environmental challenges – and we’re here to support them. From Rutgers University, to SUNY Maritime, to the Community College of Rhode Island, Ørsted is funding offshore wind scholarships, research, and more. With local programs that extend beyond the classroom, we help students get hands-on experience, make connections, and launch careers in clean energy. 

Ørsted workers wearing life jackets undergo safety at sea training in a pool to prepare for offshore wind jobs
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Funding STEM scholarships for students

Together with the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Ørsted has launched a 10-year, $1.5 million scholarship and career development program for offshore wind. The program aims to close gaps in STEM education for students from disadvantaged communities in Newark, NJ. 
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Building a navigation simulator

We partnered with the Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies to create a virtual offshore wind farm navigation simulator for mariners. Graduate students in Annapolis, MD worked on the simulator, helping improve the safety and efficiency of offshore navigation.
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Offshore safety training

Our impact

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We’re committed to creating a clean energy industry that protects natural ecosystems and champions biodiversity.
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Supply chain

We’re actively building a domestic supply chain, expanding manufacturing and investing in clean energy technologies.
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Work with us

Join the fast-growing clean energy industry and help make a real, positive impact on the environment.