Workforce Development

Offshore wind workers in hard hats prepare to service an offshore wind turbine.Offshore wind is poised to be the next renewable energy industry to establish roots in New York and drive increasing demand for clean energy workers in the State. With nearly 164,000 New Yorkers already working in the clean energy industry, the State is expected to create more than 10,000 jobs through its commitment to developing 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy.

New York’s pioneering workforce already possesses most of the skills necessary to attract offshore wind manufacturers and developers. However, the scale and offshore location of the technology necessitates industry-specific training. NYSERDA is coordinating with industry experts, labor organizations, training programs, academic institutions, and other state agencies to ensure that both new and existing workers will be prepared to participate in this industry.

For studies about the macroeconomic impacts and job creation potential of the offshore wind industry, see our Understanding Benefits and Impacts webpage.

Training Opportunities in Offshore Wind

New York is one of several states working together with industry to develop a regional offshore wind training infrastructure to support a growing U.S. offshore wind industry. The establishment of a New York State Advisory Council on Offshore Wind Economics and Workforce Development as well as public investments will support the development of an offshore wind workforce. The Advisory Council will help scope job and industry needs, develop the research and training framework for job training, and begin identifying new credentials and academic degree programs that will prepare New Yorkers, including low-income and those from Disadvantaged Communities or priority populations, for these emerging high-paying jobs. 

These efforts will encourage collaboration on key research initiatives and will be informed by industry experts to ensure all New Yorkers can benefit early from public training programs and educational campaigns that increase awareness about the benefits of offshore wind and where and when they can best participate in this exciting new industry.

 

New York Offshore Wind Training Institute (OWTI) – In 2020 the $20 million OWTI was launched through SUNY’s Farmingdale State College and Stony Brook University campuses. These academic centers on Long Island are developing a Plan for deploying the public funds and have issued the first solicitation for $3 million to support organizations focusing on early training and skills development for disadvantaged communities. Learn More.

National Offshore Wind Training Center (NOWTC) at Suffolk County Community College – The developers of New York’s Sunrise Wind project have invested $10 million in a National Offshore Wind Training Center Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. at Suffolk County Community College on Long Island. The NOWTC will train and certify workers through the nation’s first Global Wind Organization (GWO) Training Center for offshore wind also located on Long Island.

Center of Excellence for Offshore Energy Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. at SUNY Maritime College – Launched with a grant from New York State, the Center is working to develop classroom and online training programs.

Other Resources

Job Opportunities in Offshore Wind

NYSERDA manages an Offshore Wind Supply Chain Database to increase the visibility of New York businesses interested in participating in the offshore wind supply chain. Additionally, project developers and industry associations maintain company registries and job boards to recruit New Yorkers for careers in offshore wind.