Energy & Utility Skills welcomes Uniper as a new member - EU Skills

Energy & Utility Skills welcomes Uniper as a new member

Energy & Utility Skills is delighted to welcome Uniper as a new member.

Energy & Utility Skills welcomes Uniper as a new member

Energy & Utility Skills is delighted to welcome Uniper into the membership organisation which is well known for bringing industry leaders together to identify and address workforce resilience challenges within the sector.

Mike Lockett, Uniper UK Country Chairman and Group Chief Commercial Officer Power, has been invited to join over thirty senior leaders from across the energy and utilities sector on the Energy & Utility Skills Partnership’s CEO Council. He’ll collaborate to help identify initiatives to ensure that the sector is future proofing the industry and has a skilled and sustainable workforce to provide the essential services that we need, now and for the future.

Mike Lockett, commenting on joining the CEO Council said: “Uniper recognises that reaching Net Zero requires a diverse workforce with the skills and capabilities to create sustainable change. This is particularly relevant for our business, as we seek to increase the pace of decarbonisation across our power generation business in Europe, with our pledge to become carbon neutral by 2035. To deliver on our ambition, Uniper is committed to supporting the development of inspiring career pathways for our own employees and across the sector, including providing training and apprenticeships delivered at our award winning Engineering Academy. Uniper will play a key role in training the engineers and technicians of the future through our programmes, such as the Wind Turbine Technician apprenticeship and Electric Vehicle Charging training course”.

Steve Barrett, Director of Strategic Accounts commented ‘I am delighted to welcome Uniper as a Member of Energy & Utility Skills at this critical point following the recently launched Workforce Renewal and Skills Strategy. Uniper has a strong reputation in the sector and will be a key player in the UK’s drive towards a Net-Zero economy. Further strengthening the collaboration within the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership, Uniper will now play a pivotal role in closing the skills gap to meet the Net-Zero carbon targets’

The Workforce Renewal and Skills Strategy 2020-2025 was launched last month by the sector which is central to achieving Net Zero carbon targets and providing essential services to 66 million homes, is facing labour market demands and skills challenges that will require 277,000 people over the next decade.

You can download the full strategy document here.