Attracting new blood to the energy industry

With increasing media and public interest in climate change, we are looking at the most significant period in the energy industry for some time. Global demand is rising fast, the days of cheap energy are gone. The generation gap is imminent, real and poses big challenges.

Taking on those challenges requires well-qualified scientists and engineers. But the energy industry is short of skilled new recruits with a decline in the take-up of science, engineering and technical careers among young people. This growing skills gap is further reflected across trades and professions, particularly those associated with installing and maintaining new renewable and microgeneration technologies.

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