According to a report by the Institute of the German Economy, a scarcity of more than 200,000 trained workers poses a threat to Germany’s ability to speed up its transition to a more sustainable energy system (IW). According to the findings of the authors, there is a need for around 216,000 extra qualified people to facilitate the spread of solar and wind energy. In particular, there is a demand for electricians, heating and air conditioning experts, and information technology specialists. According to what is written in the authors’ article, “the acute shortage of competent electricians is thus becoming the bottleneck of the energy revolution.”
According to the findings of the paper, one potential solution to the problem of a lack of available workers is to increase recruitment of women, who are grossly underrepresented in many important occupations, and also to retrain people coming from other disciplines. According to the daily Handelsblatt, the author of the report, Anika Jansen, stated that finding skilled labor must be a key priority for all parties concerned in order to prevent the energy transition from being jeopardized. In October, the government of Germany gave its approval to a new skilled labor strategy, which included a number of initiatives designed to assist corporations and businesses in attracting and retaining skilled personnel. “The next eight years are going to be extremely important for Germany.
“During this time, we need to create the conditions so that the transformation we are talking about actually becomes a reality,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said, adding that transforming the German economy into one that is climate-neutral and sustainable is the single most important challenge the country faces. By the year 2030, Germany plans to achieve its goal of obtaining 80 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, and it plans to become carbon neutral by the year 2045. The authors of the paper state that in order for this to occur, there must be a proportional rise in the number of skilled workers. The Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce, also known as the DIHK, has advocated for simplified immigration policies with regard to qualified workers. According to Peter Adrian, president of the DIHK, “even in the midst of the current crisis, the lack of skilled people is the second biggest business risk for enterprises behind the cost of energy.”