Skills crisis threatens energy sector
Source: Energy Live News
The UK must address the skills shortage in the energy sector to improve productivity and profitability of businesses and compete in the global market.
That’s the warning from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), which suggests standards and qualifications “need to keep up with rapid developments” in the sector to ensure the workforce has the necessary skills.
It revealed employers are “reluctant to invest sufficiently” in formal training and upskilling of some employees as a result of an increasingly mobile workforce, often working on short-term contracts.
The research revealed skills shortages across a range of key occupations in the industry – engineers, technicians, project managers, sales and marketing managers and overhead lines workers.
It highlighted the scale of the challenge facing the energy sector, where the total number of jobs is forecast to grow by 15.5% by 2022.