Energy and low carbon
Energy efficiency and zero carbon ambitions are already huge drivers of change in industry and society. We have seen through our work over the past 10 years in this field an increased focus of effort on understanding what this means for skills and training. We have sought to understand what ‘green skills’ are and what ‘energy literacy’ might look like for future generations.
In practical terms we have long standing relationships with a number of energy providers and national bodies responsible for helping ensure there is a competent, talented workforce in the UK to deliver the energy mix required for the future. This is not only about the huge numbers of people needed in the industry to meet demand and investment predictions in ‘energy’ but also the quality of people that can be attracted, recruited, trained, developed and retained in the next two to three decades.
We have national policy level insight and experience in respect of skills required for nuclear (new build, decommissioning, defence) and ‘power’ (including power generation, distribution and installation of the customer’s meter). We have growing experience in the fields of low and zero carbon industries, with particular emphasis on initiatives such as ECO and Green Deal. Additionally, we have a growing understanding of skills needed for alternative, renewable energy sources as well as how Local Enterprise Partnerships can work with these industries to catalyse growth and wealth in their economies. We are working with a number of Industrial Partnerships to help them deliver on their employer ownership ambitions aligned to the Government’s overarching Industrial Strategy.
Allied to our work evaluating how well training provision is meeting the needs of the energy sector industry, we also explore the views and perceptions of young people in terms of STEM careers and are engaged in some very exciting longitudinal studies. These will allow us to report with increasing confidence between now and 2019 on ways to encourage interest in these subject areas for longer, especially amongst under-represented groups, with the effect of increasing the talent pipeline for the energy industry in the next generation.