Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow – International Women’s Day 2022
GEV Wind Power – creating a global sustainable future
In a sector whereby only 21% of the workforce is made up of females, here at GEV Wind Power we are proud to be the first blade ISP (to our knowledge) to mobilize an all-female team to complete blade repairs back in 2019.
In recent years, many companies and organisations have started seeking female wind blade technicians to play their part, as the global wind market has vastly grown over the last decade. We want to provide a platform to empower women and give them the opportunity to tell their own stories to attract more women into the wind industry.
We took some time out of our female wind blade technician, Hannah Mullen’s busy schedule to discuss how women aspiring to be in the wind industry can chase their dream, whilst we uncover any challenges they may face whilst trying to do so.
“Hi, my name is Hannah Mullen’s, and I am a 30-year-old wind turbine technician based in Sunderland, UK. My dream of becoming a wind turbine technician started over four years ago when I saw one of my old school friends posted on social media regarding his journey and job description as a wind turbine technician…it looked incredible! At the time I was bored working in a call centre, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life. However, I knew that I had a passion for learning new things and being hands-on with tasks.”
“After doing some research around the different courses that I would need to complete, I had made my decision and I wanted to be a wind turbine technician! Firstly, I used up my holidays from work to take time off to take the GWO Basic Safety Modules and Rope Access courses. Once I successfully passed the courses, I quit my call centre job and applied for different roles. I couldn’t be more appreciative to GEV Wind Power, who gave me my first opportunity as a female wind turbine technician!”
“I love being a wind turbine technician, but the best thing about this role are the people. You get to meet so many different people from all over the world, who all have different techniques and information that you get to learn from! As well as the people, you get to do a lot of travelling and get to see some beautiful sites across the globe, which is far better than your average view from the office!”
“My advice to any women aspiring to become a wind turbine technician would be to just go for it and don’t doubt yourself. You should step outside of your comfort zone and don’t be afraid to ask for help.”
If you are looking for a career move and want to join Hannah in her journey to grow the 21% of women in wind, we have many career opportunities available, as well as our highly accredited training academy that develops our technicians in-field capability in relation to blade inspection, repair, maintenance, and upgrades.