National College for nuclear sector launched

A new college aimed at helping young people and learners gain the knowledge and skills they need to work in the growing nuclear sector has been launched. The National College for Nuclear has hubs in Cumbria – Lakes College – and Somerset – Bridgwater & Taunton College – and facilities that include virtual and simulated […]

UK infrastructure boom ‘risked by skills shortage’

Only half of sustainability experts are confident those working on infrastructure projects have the necessary skills. That’s according to a new report from IEMA, which suggests the UK is currently experiencing an unparalleled surge of investment in infrastructure and must find enough of the right workers to keep up with demand if it is to […]

Aberdeen opens new oil and gas innovation hub

A new facility to drive innovation and help unlock the full potential of the UK North Sea oil and gas industry has officially been opened. The Oil & Gas Technology Centre’s Innovation Hub in Aberdeen will work with industry and technology providers to help them take their concepts from initial design to final implementation. In […]

Energy workers and hiring managers ‘not on same page’

There is a growing disparity between the expectations of employees and hiring managers in several parts of the energy sector. That’s according to Airswift and Energy Jobline’s Global Energy Talent Index (GETI), which asked 16,000 workers from 156 countries what they thought about the industry they work in. In oil and gas, 44% of employees […]

New plan aims to boost UK nuclear workforce

A new plan aims to ensure there will be enough nuclear workers to achieve the sector’s goals going forward. The Nuclear Skills Strategic Plan (NSSP) outlines a series of steps to make sure the UK’s nuclear workforce will be large and skilled enough to cope with increased activity. It follows the UK Government, France’s EDF […]

Editorial – Six of the best and plenty more to come!

Today is our SIXTH birthday. We celebrated last Friday with a trip to Ascot. A real fun laugh for the whole team and we managed to leave with our shirts! The races were a metaphor for ELN is some ways, as we have taken a gamble on more than one occasion during the past six […]

Skills ‘particularly important for energy managers’

Skills are particularly important for energy managers as they have to adapt to “rapid changes” in the industry. That’s according to Sarah Beacock, Skills and Capability Director at the Energy Institute, who believes energy managers have to “continuously update their knowledge”. She told ELN: “You come into the job with some beginning level of skills, […]

New national wind energy college seeks experts

A new National College for Wind Energy is calling on industry experts interested in becoming a skills provider. Plans to establish the college was announced last year, with the Humber Region chosen as the headquarters. It aims to help the UK close the skills gap, enabling young people to gain professional qualifications. The Humber Local […]

School students get insight into energy industry

A pilot project in Scotland helped students gain an insight into the energy industry. A total of 27 pupils from two schools worked with energy companies and lecturers from Fife College from January to early June this year. They found out more about the skills they need to join the sector as part of the […]

Guest Blog: Jaz Rabadia – Careers Speed Dating – North London Style

Through my volunteer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) ambassador role, I was asked to attend a careers speed dating event at Hendon School. Having studied in the area myself some 15 years ago (albeit in the rival school down the road) I welcomed the opportunity to talk to students about my new role as […]