Energy and utilities sector reveals successes after year one of five-year strategy

On the first anniversary of the launch of the Workforce Renewal and Skills Strategy 2020-2025, the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership (EUSP) looks back and takes stock of the year the sector has had and the achievements it has made despite the global pandemic.  Crucially, the report also looks at what remains to be achieved over the next four years not least in light of the increasing focus on hitting ambitious net zero targets and tackling the climate emergency.

The Workforce Renewal and Skills Strategy identifies six strategic priorities for the energy and utilities sector for the period up to 2025. Over the past year, key figures in the industry have stepped up as workstream leads to drive the activities that fall under each of these strategic objectives.

The report issued on 9 June 2021, details progress made by EUSP members over the past year under the six overarching strategic aims, including:

  • Build public recognition of the sector
  • Deliver the competencies and skills we need
  • Support a successful UK economy and society outside the EU
  • Contribute to a sustainable and resilient UK
  • Reflect the population that the sector workforce serves
  • Inspire the next generation to a career within the energy and utilities sector

Phil Beach CBE, Chief Executive of Energy & Utility Skills, said:

“The launch of the strategy last year coincided with the coronavirus pandemic and the sector should be proud of the progress we’ve made in the first year. We’ve made a strong start and today’s report clearly shows that we are moving in the right direction. Energy and utilities companies are at the forefront of delivering the UK Government’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, and we’re all committed to achieve net zero carbon targets in 2050, as well as tackling the range of issues presented by the climate emergency. There is clearly more to do, and we are determined to attract, recruit, and develop a diverse workforce to fill the existing and emerging jobs.”

Michael Lewis, E.ON UK Chief Executive and Chair of the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership, said:

“As a sector we have made good progress. There is much to be proud of over this past year, including 33 of the major employers stating their commitment to maintaining their apprenticeship programmes in the midst of the pandemic. We continue to be dedicated to improvement and focussed on making the energy and utilities sector a great place to work, with rewarding careers and a workforce which reflects the society and communities that we serve.”

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