Recognising the skills needed for a sustainable future

Hosted by the National Academy for Power, the Many Skills One Vision Conference will see key figures from the power industry come together to address the skills shortage in the industry.

Matchtech will be attending the conference on March 7th in London, where a wealth of keynote speakers will address the growing problem of skills shortages within the power sector. Shortages that have arisen due to the ageing workforce, the increased demand for up-skilling as a result of new technologies and the lack of government initiatives to attract the next generation to the industry.

This is an area Matchtech feel strongly about and have addressed through their UK confidence index; a survey of over 1000 UK engineers which highlighted a strong sense of unease in the industry; not only have engineers lost confidence in the Government, (74%) of UK engineers do not believe enough is being done to encourage innovation in the UK but over two thirds (67%) do not feel confident that the UK will be a world leader in engineering in the future. This will undoubtedly impact on highlighting engineering as a career of choice for the future generations.

Keith Lewis, Matchtech Managing Director stated, “It is vital to attract new graduates, the government needs to prioritise investing in the future by focussing on the opportunities available for the younger generation.”

The UK youth unemployment rate currently stands at 23%, therefore it is clear a change needs to come from those inside the industry to encourage these individuals to enter into apprenticeships and gain practical experience. This will mean candidates with practical skills entering the industry sooner.

The event will be a great opportunity to identify and inform others of the breadth of talent within the power sector and raise the importance of the quality of training, which will in turn help to attract the next generation to the industry.

Matchtech are looking forward to attending the One Vision Conference and taking part in the skills shortage debate. If you are attending, we look forward to meeting you on March 7th in London.

  • One Vision Conference: Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel & Spa

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