Skills for Net Zero2022-07-28T16:00:44+01:00

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 contributed to the UK Government’s green jobs taskforce looking at the workforce and skills requirements to support the Energy Transition. The ECITB works with industry to identify and address the required engineering skills for net zero. We develop training standards to meet industry need, such as Statutory Inspection and Maintenance of Wind Turbines and the Energy Transition and Wind Turbine Technician Scholarship programme targeted at up and coming industry professionals.

Net Zero resources from the ECITB

Net Zero Network

The ECITB has created the Net Zero Network to help industry develop the skilled, qualified and competitive workforce needed to deliver the energy transition.

The network – made up of industry professionals, subject matter experts and net zero pioneers – brings all engineering construction sectors together to identify and tackle key challenges and opportunities and support delivery of critical infrastructure projects.

If you have ideas to share about the skills, training and qualifications industry will need to deliver net zero then please get in touch below or join in the conversation on social via #Skills4NetZero

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Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy

What it means for the ECITB

The Government’s Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy is a key document for the ECI giving more detail about how the industry can expect to reach net zero, the technology the government sees as key and the financial and policy support planned. While more details will follow, the strategy provides a clear roadmap for the direction the industry should expect to go in.  Here the ECITB maps the key themes from the document to potential training needs and skills requirements to form the basis of our support to industry.

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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.

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Carbon Management and Strategies for Net Zero

The Engineering Construction Industry will play a key role in providing the technical design, construction and project management skills to deliver large scale decarbonisation projects. However the ECITB recognise that companies will also be working to align themselves to their own internal net zero targets. Many companies are building strategies, setting targets and making changes to identify and reduce their emissions, moving their business towards net zero.

The ECITB know that for many this is a new and emerging area and we have therefore provided some links to potentially helpful information and courses available.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Achieve Zero Carbon

The Engineering Construction Industry Association (ECI) has published ‘Achieve Zero Carbon’ a set of guidelines to help organisations deliver a net zero strategy. It contains guidance on defining policies, setting strategic objectives, implementing a plan, communicating objectives and the training needed to develop green skills and monitoring to measure and report emissions.

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