Renewables' training network set up to tackle green skills shortage

by Search Gate staff. Published Thu 06 Oct 2017 20:35
£1.2m training scheme to plug skills gap

RenewableUK, Britain’s largest renewable energy trade association, has announced the creation of a new organisation, the Renewables Training Network (RTN), which will address critical skills shortages within the renewable energy industry.

Businesses in the renewables sector have pledged the equivalent of £600,000 of support for the £1.2 million project. The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) has matched this by awarding £580,000 from the Growth and Innovation Fund to the new body.

RenewableUK is determined to resolve the skills gaps affecting the industry. The collaboration we have forged among companies to invest and develop solutions through this scheme will be critical to this.

The wind and marine energy will support 88,300 UK jobs by 2021, up from 10,600 today - if the right policies and financial conditions are in place, and sufficient skilled recruits can be found.

The shortage of high quality, industry-specific training institutions, courses and tutors is acting as a constraint to growth for companies in this rapidly developing sector.

There’s a lack of opportunities for mature skilled entrants to re-train. 2,000 new transition training places will be delivered by the RTN over the next 2 years.

By jointly investing in training, businesses will attract a diverse pool of trainees and provide them with access to up-skilling and employment. The RTN will open new avenues for fast tracking the transformation of generalists into experts.

Maria McCaffery, Chief Executive of RenewableUK, said: “It’s great news that we’ve had widespread support to create an initiative to address the training gap.

“The renewable energy industry is one of the fastest growing areas of the economy, and this initiative is essential to ensure that growth can continue - and that people from a diverse set of backgrounds can make the most of the enormous job opportunities.

“Working collaboratively with the National Skills Academy for Power, RenewableUK is very excited about setting up and running this project”

Steve Davies, Chief Executive, the National Skills Academy for Power, added: “Bringing new skills and new people into the renewables industry is essential if we are to meet the exceptional 500% increase in workforce conservatively predicted by the end of the decade.

“Over recent years there has been an emphasis on apprentices, college and university graduates and how we bring them into the industry. This is great, but it’s only a part of the solution. We need to give experienced people who are currently working in related industries help to access the opportunities renewables presents”.

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Comments about Renewables' training network set up to tackle green skills shortage

The military have people with a wealth of relevant experience that are finding it difficult to break into the industry through lack access
Max, cottesmore around 2 years, 2 months ago
myson has a degree in Chem eng and a masters in environmental Tech and Management - can you find him a job in the UK - ready for work now!
Kathy, North West around 2 years, 6 months ago

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