In recent years the phrase “energy transition” has been at the forefront of discussions in the world of energy production. In the UK, there has been a lot of noise around how it will play a significant role in the future of the UK’s energy market and energy security and support the reduction in energy-related CO2 emissions to limit climate change. The UK government has set out ambitious plans to facilitate the production and supply of energy to the UK as part of their commitment to Net Zero. (UK Government, 2022).
This “energy transition” is showing an increasing shift towards homegrown energy production, from traditional fossil-based systems of energy production such as oil and gas to the increased capacity of renewable and low carbon sources such as wind, solar, tidal, nuclear and hydrogen. The key purpose of the energy transition is to ensure the UK is less reliant on imported energy supplies from Europe and beyond. The UK has already established a solid foundation when it comes to renewable energy sources, with zero carbon electricity production accounting for almost 50% of UK electricity production in 2021, compared to only 2% in 1991. As of 2017, the UK is one of the leading producers of low-carbon energy, behind only Iceland, Norway and other Scandinavian countries with longer established green energy production networks.
To help achieve the energy transition plans and net zero targets, the UK government has committed to supporting the creation of over 40,000 jobs within oil and gas, renewables and nuclear energy over the next eight years. With this expected increase in demand for skilled workers comes the challenge of training, upskilling, or reskilling them. A variety of different initiatives have been introduced to facilitate the increased need for highly skilled workers within the energy sector.
A key part of the energy transition is the work OPITO is leading with the UK Government’s North Sea Transition Deal rollout, an integrated people and skills plan to support the industry’s transition to a cleaner, greener energy supply and a secure future for skilled oil and gas workers. Announced in March 2021, this ambitious plan outlines several crucial steps needed to ensure the industry can retain, attract, and transition workers into low-carbon technologies and support the industry in this process.
3t Transform and the wider 3t Energy Group of companies are proud to deliver industry-leading, tailored training solutions to support the energy transition and other hazardous workforce environments. At 3t Transform, we provide a range of eLearning courses designed to help you build the skills you need to pursue a career within the energy sector, including OPITO-accredited courses and other industry-leading training modules. We also provide bespoke Virtual Reality and Digital Twin software to enable your employees to practice hazardous training scenarios risk-free, alongside our sister company AIS Survivex who provides in-person practical training such as GWO and offshore survival. You will develop the skills you need to help the UK progress with its energy transition.
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