February 18, 2020
On February 26, 2020, Jim Atwood, World Wind & Solar’s Learning and Development Manager, will present “Workforce Development: The Game Has Changed” at the AWEA Wind Project O&M and Safety Conference.
Jim will share key insights that address the issue of technician development in the wind industry and the urgent need for an overhaul of training standards. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the wind industry is expected to expand by 57% by 2028. However, the shortage of experienced wind technicians threatens that expansion. The lack of trained technicians is costing employers money, and current training methods are making the skills / need gap worse.
“This presentation is important because as the industry grows, we’re going to have more and more of a need for higher-quality technicians,” Jim explains. “If we don’t develop them now, the industry won’t have enough workers to do the job, and it’s going to make those few that are the top-notch technicians more and more expensive.”
Jim will discuss the challenges to create an effective and efficient technician development system and the elements that system will need. He will also explore the challenges of sustaining that system to provide an ongoing supply of highly skilled technicians.
Jim Atwood has been leading efforts in workforce development through training, consulting, and leadership for over 40 years. He is retired from the U.S. Navy where he instructed at multiple training commands, led a Curriculum and Instructional Standards Office (CISO) as the Departmental Master Chief, and was a plank holder of the Department of the Navy’s Naval Leadership Training Unit. He was a leadership consultant with The Ken Blanchard Companies where he helped organizations (including several Fortune 50) create and implement workforce development initiatives. He has been the Learning and Development Manager for World Wind and Solar for the past two years. As the L&D manager, he is using his experience in Instructional Systems Development and Instructor Development to build a curriculum and team that is focused on developing the most highly skilled technicians in the Renewable Energy Industry.