Renewables Sector Event

HETA Scunthorpe hosted a one day event organised by the Humber Education Business Partnership (EBP) and supported by Regional Growth Fund to look at our local Renewables Labour Market. The event aimed to develop knowledge and understanding of the local Renewables Sector, the job opportunites available and the skills and qualifications required by the sector for careers advisers in North andNorth East Lincolnshire

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Apprentices from the renewable sector training at HETA and employed by Centrica and Ecotricity talked about their job roles and their routes into the sector and what their apprenticeships involves.  David Wells and Dr Jon Purdy represented Hull University to talk about the range of degrees that can be transferable to the renewable sector and showcased their latest technology from HIVE which allowed delegates to experience what it would be like out at sea on a wind farm. Sophie Hartfield, Senior Onshore Environmental Developer for SMartWind talked about the how this is a relatively new sector and how the UK is the world leader in Wind Energy, she talked about the wide range of jobs available locally and skills and qualifications are required for future jobs in the sector. Sophie explained “this is a really exciting sector to be part of and one where you can say it is a career for life as it is such a new industry”.

Delegates really appreciated hearing from Alex Billingham, Centre Manager at HETA about apprenticeships they offer and were interested to learn at how academic apprenticeships are, they were particularly surprised at the number of apprentices are already training in the Sector.

Emma Swinburn of Franklin College said “I was surprised that apprenticeships involved both practical and academic elements and how it can be tough to get a place”.

Karen Glynn from St Bedes said “I was surprised at how many people entered the sector with different qualities and qualifications and the variety and number of jobs available”.

Helen Wilson, General Manager of the Humber EBP said “It is vital we continue to provide up to date Labour Market Information to ensure those supporting young people whether in education or later on are given high quality up to date careers advice that is relevant to our local labour market”.