Meeting the Skills Shortage in the Utility Sector

We’re proud to be leading on a new multi-partner initiative responding to an urgent need to meet skills shortage and skills gaps in the utility sector.

With the support of Skills Development Scotland Oil and Gas Transition Training Fund, South Lanarkshire College, City of Glasgow College and Fife College under the aegis of the Energy Skills Partnership will be delivering a series of bespoke training programmes designed and delivered in conjunction with employers, to progress former oil and gas workers retrain as smart meter installers.

The funding will allow for 81 workers made redundant from the oil and gas sector, to be upskilled over a 2 year period across the Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Fife areas.

Employers are welcoming the initiative, as it will help them meet the new Government’s agenda for utility companies to fit 54 million smart meters by 2020 across the UK.

Stewart McKillop, Principal at South Lanarkshire College says: “The Oil and Gas Transition Fund is a significant initiative to meet the urgent need to meet the skills shortage in the smart metering sector”.

 Actavo_Mark_Std_RGBJohn Kelly, UK Operations Director,Home Energy, Actavo added “Actavo is delighted to partner with the City of Glasgow, Fife and South Lanarkshire Colleges in the delivery of the Level 2 Diploma in Smart Metering (Power). This 6-week course trains a qualified gas engineer to power status and, upon completion gain employment and upskilling with Actavo. Our partnership with the three colleges has been hugely successful with over 140 duel fuel Smart meter fitters trained and employed with a further 32 still to be trained and employed in the coming months. As a local employer, rolling out ScottishPower’s Smart Metering Programme which forms part of the UK Government’s 2020 Smart Domestic Rollout, we have the opportunity to invest in our community through the provision of permanent employment. It’s also of great benefit to colleges as this Programme enables them to increase capacity in the form of the power upskilling. We believe it’s a fantastic scheme and are delighted to be a part of it”.

ESPlogoMar12Jim Brown, Director, Energy Skills Partnership stated “ESP was instrumental in establishing the Smart Metering Training Network with our member colleges. It has been widely recognised that the collaboration between all partners, public and private, has been a vital component in the colleges gaining Platinum Status (the highest certification possible) from the National Skills Academy for Power. This highlights the excellence in quality assurance and staff expertise. I encourage energy providers and contractors to contact this partnership to ensure that you are gaining the necessary skills and knowledge”.

Find out more and apply for our Smart Meter Installation course here.

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