09 November 2016
In less than ten years' time, Denmark will have a shortfall of 72,000 skilled workers. The new coordinator will ensure that the offshore industry has the skills it needs to achieve future growth.
When the post-WW2 baby-boom generation retires in a few years' time, the Danish labour market will be hit by a serious lack of skilled workers.
The shortfall will also affect the offshore industry. To secure future growth and ensure that the industry has access to the right skills and know-how, Offshoreenergy.dk has taken on Keld Jacobsen (51) as its new maritime apprenticeship and training coordinator, coordinating the apprentices across the entire offshore industry.
"We must make a special effort to encourage more young people to choose a professional trade and persuade more unskilled workers to train. We also need companies to offer more apprenticeships and practical work experience placements and we must keep apprentices' noses to the grindstone so that they complete their apprenticeships. Simply because we need them," says Keld Jacobsen.
The signs are that he is right. A report compiled by Arbejderbevægelsens Erhvervsråd (The Economic Council of the Labour Movement) in 2016 shows that there will be a very serious shortfall of craftsmen and other skilled workers in the Danish labour market in the coming years. By 2025, there will be a shortfall of 72,000 skilled workers in Denmark. We must make a concerted effort to ensure that offshore Denmark attracts the creative fingers and bright minds it needs.
Blaaholm A/S employs 75 people plus a handful of apprentices, who are training to become e.g. boilermakers or industrial technicians. Director Torben Blaaholm has taken on apprentices since the company's infancy:
"I can't just sit back and hope that others will train the people I need. I must do my bit to train some of the people this industry needs," says Torben Blaaholm.
In the region of Northern Jutland, a similar apprenticeship and training coordinator has succeeded in bundling the apprentices and lifting the burden of coordination from the companies.
“By taking the coordination upon us, we as a cluster organization for the offshore industry lift the administration from the members and help provide the skilled labour needed”, says Glenda Napier, CEO at Offshoreenergy.dk.
Call Maritime Apprenticeship & Training Coordinator Keld Jacobsen on +45 2751 0017 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.