Skilled hydrogen professionals ‘in short supply’

Skilled professionals are currently in short supply in the hydrogen industry and addressing this skills gap is crucial for ensuring the effective deployment of green hydrogen technology, according to a new World Hydrogen Leaders report.

In the United States, a 2019 study forecasts 42 new occupations in the emerging hydrogen industry, emphasising the need for different skills and education compared to existing jobs.

Although some education and training initiatives have been carried out in Europe, a comprehensive evaluation of their effectiveness and coordination across countries is yet to be undertaken, the report states.

The EU, which aims to produce 10 million tonnes of green hydrogen and import the same volume by 2030, already recognises the urgent need for skilled professionals and the European Commission has put skills high on its political agenda, declaring 2023 the European Year of Skills.

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