Veterans’ Green Energy Forum to launch inaugural conference 

Leading names from the offshore wind and defence sectors are coming together to launch a brand-new forum which will help create job opportunities for veterans across the industry and become the go-to portal for ex-military personnel. 

The inaugural Veterans’ Green Energy Forum will take place at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) on Thursday 15 September 2022.   The purpose of the forum is to explore the challenges facing veterans who want to enter the industry; and develop strategies to make the sector more accessible.  

David McGinley, CEO of Birkenhead firm Cammell Laird Ship repairers and Shipbuilders Ltd, Atlantic and Peninsula Marine Services said, “As a committed employer of former military personnel and as a veteran myself, I fully understand the importance of supporting veterans in securing meaningful career opportunities when they leave service.  

“Cammell Laird and A&P Group are welcome employers to ex-service men and women and are proud to help them develop civilian careers – one in which they can use the vital skills they have developed whilst serving in the armed forces. 

“The Veterans’ Green Energy Forum is an important initiative, which will ensure more veterans can access the support they need as they transition to civilian life.” 

The forum has been launched by leading communications agency, Artemis Media Profile in conjunction with Complete Training Solutions, LJMU, the Ministry of Defence, RenewableUK, Cammell Laird, The Standing Tall Foundation and Veterans UK. 

Commodore Phil Waterhouse, Naval Commander Northern England, will speak at the event and will be joined by David McGinley, CEO Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Ltd, Atlantic and Peninsula Marine Services, Daniel McGrail, CEO RenewableUK, the Mayor of Liverpool, Roy Gladden, Helen Thomas, RWE and Mark Knowles, Head of Energy and Industry, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. 

Commodore Phil Waterhouse, Naval Commander Northern England said, “Armed Forces leavers are key to the future success of the offshore wind industry. Their skills, abilities and personal traits have been identified as ideal to meet the needs of the offshore wind sector.  

“However, many veterans report that they face barriers when trying to access jobs within the industry. The Veterans’ Green Energy Forum will bring some of the leading figures of the offshore wind sector, who together, can work to break down these barriers and create a smooth transition into the industry for our veterans.” 

The Veterans’ Green Energy Forum has been founded by Emma Parker-Goff, Managing Director of Artemis Media Profile, who said, “The Government’s target of trebling the UK offshore wind workforce needs to be achieved if we are to reach its Net Zero targets.  

“However, we know that veterans struggle to find clear pathways into the sector and face challenges in funding their initial training. By bringing together key stakeholders from the offshore wind community and organisations which support ex-forces in their transition to civilian life, the Veterans’ Green Energy Forum will develop strategies which stimulate employment opportunities and benefit veterans and the offshore wind sector as a whole.” 

For further information, please contact Emma Parker-Goff at  

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