Supporting Industry on the path to Net Zero
The energy transition is coming and it is essential that the UK workforce has the correct skills for net zero to take advantage of the jobs which will be created by new projects and initiatives. The ECITB works with employers, training providers and Government to ensure the engineering construction workforce has the skills for today and for the energy jobs in the future.
Within the engineering and construction industry (ECI) that means making sure we have the technical skills to deliver on the UK government’s clear commitments to decarbonise existing industry, build new hydrogen, nuclear and carbon capture facilities as well as the project management capability to work in a more collaborative, connected way and to challenge the status quo.
The ECITB is one of the leading voices around the path to net zero and is part of a new UK Government green jobs taskforce looking at the workforce and skills requirements to support the Energy Transition. As well as supporting the taskforce, the ECITB is working on a programme to identify and address the required engineering skills for net zero, as referenced in the flyer below. Later this year, we will also launch an Energy Transition Leadership programme targeted at up and coming project leaders.
For more information, please contact Rachel Davies, Net Zero Project Manager at NetZero@ecitb.org.uk
“Net zero has been embraced by industry with fantastic engagement from employers and industry bodies on the skills our workforce will need in the future. This has allowed the ECITB to form a clearer picture of the skills requirements of net zero and to lead the development of training in this ever growing area.”
Net Zero resources from the ECITB
Find net zero training
As the path to net zero becomes clearer and the speed of transition accelerates, we see increased demand from employers for training to increase the awareness of their employees to the changes that will come with the energy transition, including enabling technologies, management and financing.
The ECITB has curated a selection of the current training options to help prepare your workforce with the skills for net zero.
TOWARDS NET ZERO:
The implications of the transition to net zero emissions for the ECI
The ECITB commissioned Element Energy to identify the implications of decarbonisation for the industry. The report identifies the potential for over £40bn in revenues for the engineering construction industry by 2050 alongside a number of critical challenges that must be met to make the switch to low carbon technologies. The report, TOWARDS NET ZERO: The implications of the transition to net zero emissions for the Engineering Construction Industry was launched in March 2020 as reported by The Engineer.
Skills VIEWPOINT article on skills for net zero
ECITB CEO Chris Claydon explains how the ECITB can play a key role in making sure our network of supply chain companies has the technical and project management skills required to deliver, operate and maintain planned green infrastructure projects. We must also ensure that valuable skills are retained through the pandemic and create a workforce equipped to deliver net zero. By ensuring training and development align with employers’ needs, we can prepare young people with the skills needed for a radically different energy infrastructure landscape.
Preventing a missed opportunity: skills for the Energy Transition
In Autumn 2020, ECITB Board members Lynda Armstrong, Jane Cooper, Daniel Gear and Professor Joe Howe published an article calling on Government and industry to kickstart energy transition projects to save jobs and hit net zero targets.
They argue that achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 is an ambitious and deliverable goal, but the pace of change must accelerate. The post-Covid economic recovery is a clear opportunity to accelerate the transition to a green economy. And because the engineering construction supply chain already has some of the skills for net zero, we have a further opportunity – to transfer a skilled workforce from oil and gas to deliver Energy Transition projects.
Taking actions to protect skills today
The ECITB is committed to supporting traditional industries to ensure that our existing skills are not lost.
The ECITB is supporting young professionals through Train to Retain and the Graduate Development Grant. Those enrolled on the schemes will develop skills which will contribute towards the net zero economy.
Net zero projects will require cross-sector working and will challenge traditional contracting strategies and project management techniques.
Our Project Collaboration Toolkit provides guidance to support collaborative working relationships.