On 9 February 2017, the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership launched the first ever Workforce Renewal and Skills Strategy for the energy and utilities sector.
Our sector is vital to the future economic prosperity of the UK and touches the lives of over 65 million customers each and every day. In addition to that 24-hour-a-day service commitment, the gas, water, wastewater, electricity and waste management industries also form the largest single contributor towards the infrastructure ambitions of all four UK Governments.
Over half of the National Infrastructure Delivery Plan (56%) is attributed solely to the energy and utilities sector, and without the products of those investments – power, light, fresh drinking water, safe sanitation, waste removal, environmental protection and recycling – the remainder of that plan is simply unable to be delivered.
We are proud of the pivotal role we all play for customers and society and recognise our place in building the future prosperity for the UK. To deliver our responsibilities safely and effectively at a sustainable cost, takes an exceptionally skilled and substantial workforce, the sustainability of which is under pressure.
Our analysis of the demand for skills and the expected supply shows that the sector faces skills challenges that are unprecedented. The Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership has decided to take action, to become the catalyst for change. This inaugural energy and utilities workforce and skills strategy, sets out for the first time, in one place, the reality of the challenges faced, and the ambitions we all share in moving towards achieving a more sustainable future.
As such an important enabler of the economy and society, we recognise there is a need for collective action, and we must all face up to this strategic workforce renewal and skills challenge.
This is the start of the conversation and will deliver some tangible changes for the sector. We are clear in our plan and look forward to engaging widely as we turn this vision into reality.
Watch our launch video here > http://bit.ly/2kpsW3q