Energy and utility firms team up to tackle skills gap

Energy, water and utility companies have come together to help address the skills gap in the sector. A total of 27 firms, including E.ON, SSE, Northern Powergrid, Anglian Water, Thames Water, Siemens and National Grid, have launched the first-ever ‘Workforce Renewal and Skills Strategy’. It is part of the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership, which […]

Skills crisis threatens energy sector

The UK must address the skills shortage in the energy sector to improve productivity and profitability of businesses and compete in the global market. That’s the warning from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), which suggests standards and qualifications “need to keep up with rapid developments” in the sector to ensure the workforce […]

Energy sector needs ‘200k skilled workers by 2023’

The energy industry must recruit around 208,000 skilled people in the next eight years. That’s according to energy firm SSE, which claims around half of the sector’s workforce are expected to retire by 2023. It is warning of a skills shortage and calling on businesses to invest in apprentices now to ensure the UK has […]

EU unveils plans to boost green jobs

New plans to ensure the European workforce has the necessary skills needed for the transition towards a green economy has been unveiled. The ‘Green Employment Initiative Communication’ plans to combine the right policies on skills, tools to anticipate and manage change “in the best way possible” as well as specific measures to support job creation […]

Oil and gas sector to create ‘39,000 jobs in two years’

Nearly 40,000 jobs could be created in the UK’s oil and gas industry in the next two years, new research claims. A majority (69%) of oil and gas company executives are optimistic about employment growth in 2014/15 – although a total of 38% said the greatest challenge would be a shortage of skilled workers, according […]

Training centre aims to tackle oil and gas skills shortage

A new training centre which aims to tackle the skills shortage in the UK oil and gas sector has been launched in Scotland. The £8 million Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Aberdeen is offering students the opportunity to become geo-scientific and environmental researchers in the oil and gas sector, claiming it will create 90 […]

Guest Blog: Mervyn Bowden – The energy skills gap…

This subject is very close to my heart as I’m closely involved in many aspects of training in the energy space and have been on the receiving end of the impacts of skill shortages in key energy services on many occasions over recent years. Given its growing importance to the world my view is that […]