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Skills for Energy inspire future industry workforce with unique online event

EEEGR’s annual Skills for Energy event was a firm success, being delivered this year as a virtual event with sponsorship from OPITO and Gee-Force Hydraulics.
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Over 500 registrants signed up to engage with EEEGR's annual Skills for Energy event. Picture: EEEGR/Skills for Energy

“Do you want to change the world?” is the question at the heart of the Skills for Energy team’s message, and the engagement from their audience shows the answer is a resounding “Yes!”. 
Over 500 registrants signed up to engage with the event, gaining unparalleled access to energy sector experts, with advice and information from individuals with their fingers on the pulse of the sector.
Skills for Energy’s mission is to give young people the tools, advice and experience they need to work in one of the most dynamic and exciting sectors in the world. Furthermore, it allows industry itself to shape the incoming pipeline of talent, letting educators and young people know what they need for tomorrow’s workforce. 
With general decarbonisation and ambitious targets for Net Zero by 2050, opportunities for working in energy have never been more varied or accessible. Skills for Energy gives potential industry employees access to the opportunities they need to open doors, working in a sector that contributes £45 billion to the UK economy annually, and comprises 2.3% of GDP.  
Many delegates from last week’s event have been left with a clear vision for what they need to achieve to realise their ambition of working in energy. 
Companies as diverse as RWE, Gee-Force Hydraulics, OPITO, Neptune Energy, Low Carbon Contracts Company and ECITB took part, all leading firms from the energy sector who are excited to help shape the workforce of the future.
The level of engagement from industry has been crucial to the success of Skills for Energy, with firms having a vested interest in guiding young people to ensure they can hire candidates in the future with the right mix of skills and experience. 
Delegates gained insights into the industry through vlogs from young energy professionals sharing first-hand experience with their younger peers. The event also featured panel discussions for accessing apprenticeships, internships and information about the diverse range of roles within the industry. Skills for Energy has been instrumental in pairing people with the many opportunities that the energy sector provides. 
Exhibitors included businesses such as Siemens Gamesa, Vattenfall, ScottishPower Renewables, EDF Energy, Orsted and Associated British Ports. The high calibre of businesses that engage with Skills for Energy make it a vital event to attend for individuals thinking about working in energy. Better still, the virtual nature of this year’s event means the content has been recorded and placed online, giving people six months to access the material via https://sns.app.swapcard.com/event/skills-for-energy-2020
It wasn’t all work and no play; Skills for Energy launched two exciting competitions which are open to all and are inviting individuals to design a new mascot for Skills for Energy. This character will be front and centre on selected future marketing material, and the winning designer will receive a fantastic 3D model of their design! 
Skills for Energy is also inviting those that watch the informative content to take part in a Treasure Hunt Quiz, where participants could take home their own “build your own robot arm”! 
Going online has opened the event to a wider audience than normal, whilst making the content available online gives it a legacy that will last well into the future. The momentum hasn’t stopped there, Skills for Energy is soon to launch its new website which will become a go to online resource for people looking for advice, guidance and information regarding a career in the energy sector.