What can we do about renewable energy skills shortages?March 4th, 2011 by Simon Haddock
If the UK is going to successfully reduce its carbon emission targets, something has to be done to overcome the current skills shortages.
In the dim and distant past, the UK made prolific use of child labour to do the jobs no-one else wanted to do. Luckily, that system has long since been outlawed. We also had apprenticeship schemes, which were an excellent way of providing young men with the skills necessary to carry out a trade.
But since the early 1800s, skilled British workers have felt the urge to seek greener pastures overseas; first to continental Europe and then to the ‘New World’.
Jump forward in time to the 1970s and 80s and the oil and gas industry was booming. It was THE industry to work in. Fun, vibrant, exciting and the pay rates were excellent. But when oil prices started to rise, thoughts turned to sources of alternative energy.
To kick-start any new project you need a pool of qualified specialists to guide it along. And that’s still a major problem in the UK. Fewer people are taking engineering and science degrees and therefore graduate numbers are declining. So what are the solutions? Industry specific academies are being set up, science is being promoted in our schools and the government has promised funding.
The European wind industry sector has been creating 33 new jobs every day for the past 5 years. By 2020, the industry will be employing 325,000 people. But where are they going to come from? Global demand for renewable specialists is already increasing and, as the sector grows, so will the demand.
Renewable energy companies need an effective way to select the top employees and Resourcing Solutions has the service and technology to source the best candidates for the job. We are committed to building a genuine low carbon community through closer working relationships with our clients. After all, it’s in everybody’s best interest to have top-class professionals in place if we’re to have a successful sustainable energy programme in the UK.
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