Energy & Utility Skills, in its latest document titled “Collaboration in Action”, showcases its notable accomplishments during 2022-23. This comes as part of the organisation’s unyielding efforts to strengthen the European energy sector’s workforce by revamping recruitment, HR, and reskilling strategies.
A major theme underlined in the document is the “Workforce Renewal and Skills Strategy”, which the group has continued to advance, collaborating closely with members, governments, regulators, and other significant stakeholders.
The report reveals active involvement in consultations and evidence gathering on subjects like the reform of qualifications, skills, and initiatives for green jobs. Notably, it contributed to the Willetts & Knight inquiry on engineering apprenticeships for the youth and The Skidmore Report.
Addressing the imminent challenge of achieving net-zero emissions, the body has engaged with the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE). Together, they have set up an employer advisory body tasked with curating the necessary apprenticeships and qualifications.
Diversity and inclusion remain at the forefront of the Energy & Utility Skills’ vision. The Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership, a conglomerate of 28 member organisations, which includes CEOs and senior leaders, has laid a keen emphasis on inclusivity. As a testament to their efforts, the partnership now boasts 55 sector organisations as signatories to The Inclusion Commitment.
Reflecting on the year’s progress, Jan Ward, Non-Executive Chair of Energy & Utility Skills, expressed gratitude to members for their undeterred support. “Engaging with our members, and with central and devolved governments, regulators, and key stakeholders, we continue to ensure the delivery of a sustainable workforce for the future,” she remarked.
Highlighting the importance of high-level access and collaborations, Ward mentioned, “It’s this access at the highest level and our relationships with key stakeholders that provides us, and our members, the ability to shape policies so that we can ensure the development of the required skills within the sector.”
Ward further commented on the organisation’s forward-looking vision. “We’re excited to have launched our new vision – ‘Skills for a greener world’, which reflects the ambition we share with our members to build a greener economy and a sustainable future for all.”
Concluding her message, she acknowledged the continued efforts of the board and the team in making 2022-23 a prosperous year and thanked everyone involved in this endeavour.
For those invested in the European energy sector’s human resources and reskilling approach, this document serves as an insight into the proactive measures underway to foster a sustainable future.