UK Government must wake up to Brexit threat to offshore workforce
Guest post by Rob Grimmond, CEO of Offshore Marine Management
It is vital that the UK Government talks to the industry to get a picture of what is at threat for the renewables industry, especially offshore wind and marine energy, if the movement of people is limited by Brexit.
Taking a step forward to ensure a realistic future for renewables in the UK and help to secure a flexible workforce, we are encouraging the decision-makers in Westminster to learn from the industry and listen to the potential threats and opportunities available.
An increase in certification paired with restricted movement costs time and money to both the UK and the EU economy. Our trained and experienced workers look to be missing out on opportunities because of the potential delays in installation caused by a lack of free-moving and qualified workforce who are then unable to provide a full crew to these costly installation vessels.
Our sister company of OMPA, which trains and provides personnel for the offshore and marine industries, are also calling for the need for effective communications to secure a stable base of qualified workforce that has the ability to continue to move freely within Europe. Without this, due to the increase of paperwork, there will be a reduction of personnel which will see a bottleneck in the availability of UK workers in EU waters and vice versa. Any reduction could see daily rates of personnel skyrocket.
We want to secure the future of the offshore workforce moving forward, especially as decisions are made leading up to Brexit. It is important that we engage with the Government to ensure the best deal possible for the industry is struck.