Demand for wind turbine technicians outpaces workers available, but enrolment down


Demand for wind turbine technicians in Alberta’s energy sector is reportedly outpacing the workers available, but enrolment at the only related program in the region remains low. While there is high demand for workers in the field and graduates enjoy strong employment prospects, Lethbridge College instructor Kelly Norgard told CBC that registrations have declined for the college’s wind technician program. Donna Wesley, a program developer from the non-profit Careers The Next Generation, explained that the trades suffer from a negative perception and low awareness among youth. “We need to get across to parents, families, students, teachers and schools the fact that a trade is a postsecondary opportunity and that we should be very willing to let our children and our youth pursue those opportunities,” said Wesley.