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Can the energy market bridge the skills gap?

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It’s that time of year again! Last week, as a fresh group millennials nervously opened their GCSE results, employers in the energy sector were working hard to pave the paths of future vocational careers, offering alternative routes of learning and employment to further education.

Why is it so important for employers within the energy and utilities sector to seize this opportunity?

As the ever aging population and the skills shortage continues to grow, there’s no doubt that millennials are the future of the workplace environment in its entirety.

The desire to earn whilst learning is becoming ever more apparent and whilst more university places are to be filled this year, according to EU Skills the number of young people that are looking for apprenticeships and training schemes is on the rise.

They state, “It is more important than ever to highlight these alternative options for achieving qualifications and employers in the energy and utilities sector have been working hard to ensure that there are clear routes into employment within the industries as a result.”

Second to this, energy is a colossal issue in which young people are engaged with and care about – with the energy market polarised, they want to make a difference and have strong moral values with regards to the future of energy and their social responsibility for the environment.

The industry must seek to influence the digital age with novel media; but they need to know the actualities, they need a sense of transparency throughout in order to show the willingness to create a sustainable energy future.

Through collaboratively working with circa 67 employers via the Energy and Efficiency Industrial Partnership, EU Skills have been driving initiatives in order to do just that. Kate Davies, acting Chief Executive of Energy and Utilities Skills Group says, “We are all very aware of the need to attract young people to join the energy and utilities industries to help fill the 200,000 vacancies predicted over the next ten years.”

As well as introducing internships, apprenticeships and training programmes within the market, a key resource has been developed in order to engage with the younger generation. The introduction of social networking site, Talent Source Network, offers millennials the information they need in order to engage them and encourage them towards a career in the sector. It provides insight into the industry, as well as a wide range of career opportunities currently available and access to employers and training.

Ultimately, employers must begin to consider the future of their workforce requirements by exploring these potential opportunities. By opening their doors to a new generation, they will help ensure that routes into the industry are not only defined and accessible, but attractive to younger people.

By providing training and career opportunities in house, this will effectively build the sector whilst continuing to provide an efficient service.

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