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Renewable energy jobs


The search for skilled personnel, now and in the future, is definitely on in the renewable energy sector. From highly qualified engineers to skilled labour, all are needed now, and with millions of pounds worth of projects in the pipeline the demand can only accelerate.
With this in mind, All-Energy 2011 - the UK’s largest renewable energy exhibition and conference (Aberdeen, 18-19 May) - is staging a Careers Fair on 19 May. Like All-Energy’s major exhibition (over 530 exhibiting companies from 20 countries); conference (270+ speakers in nearly 50 sessions); and networking events, it is free to attend for all with a business/professional interest in renewable energy. That most certainly includes people considering renewable energy as a career option. The Careers Fair and associated Jobs Zone are open from 08.30 until 17.00 on 19 May.
There are many employment projections:
  • The Offshore Valuation study launched at All-Energy 2010 put a figure of 145,000 new UK jobs that could be created by industry in harnessing 29% of the practical offshore renewables resource by 2050.
  • There are huge predictions about the number of jobs that the rapidly emerging industry will have to fill. RenewableUK estimates 45,000 UK jobs from Round 3 alone.
  • Claims that Britain could lead the world in offshore wind, and wave and tidal energy expertise are a tangible prospect. An economic analysis by The Carbon Trust, released at the end of March, states that the global offshore wind sector is set to grow by up to 10% per year, with the UK capturing about 10% of that market, estimated to be worth around £170 billion per year by 2050, and providing 230,000 UK jobs in the process.
  • Then onshore and in a street near you &hellip. the introduction of Feed In Tariffs a year ago, and the renewable heat incentive on course to take off, has resulted in tremendous growth in the number of home owners and owners/managers of commercial properly opting for solar PV or solar thermal systems. Those installations all need skilled installers and that again is a number set to grow rapidly
Designed to provide facts and incentive
"Our Careers Fair, held in association with  is designed for HR departments of exhibiting companies; for colleges and universities; for recruitment specialists to be on hand to ‘tell it as it is’ to those seeking employment now or in the future; and to offer careers information and advice on the rapidly accelerating renewable energy sectors,” explains Event Director, Jamie Thompson of Media Generation Events Ltd, organisers of All-Energy. "Then, of course, those who attend the Careers Fair can visit the exhibition and hear at first hand about projects, and the need for talented and enthusiastic people of all ages and all backgrounds.
"The sight of such a large exhibition should be incentive enough to encourage very optimistic thoughts about the longevity of this relatively new industry. This is the eleventh All-Energy. It covers all sources of renewable energy – on- and offshore wind; wave and tidal; hydropower; bioenergy – biomass, biogas, biofuel and energy from waste; hydrogen and fuel cells; geothermal; all forms of microgeneration; and of course other areas offering employment opportunities such as the grid, nuclear industry and carbon capture and storage.
"When All-Energy was first held in 2001 it attracted 350 people and under 50 exhibitors; last year 7,000 from 55 countries attended when we had 450 exhibiting companies – this year the show is 30% larger, and even more are expected to attend than did in 2010.  Our show reflects an industry in serious growth mode.”
All-Energy Career Day space is available free of charge to exhibitors within the main exhibition, and at £299 + VAT for non-exhibitors who should contact Maura Ross on Tel: +44 (0) 845 0758182 or at

Skills under the conference spotlight – and ‘Education Day’
The Careers Fair is being held on the same day that a session on skills is held in the free-to-attend conference; and Education Day takes place for specialist and guidance teachers from Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council schools attend a day.
Broadly speaking, Education Day comprises the launch of a Renewable Energy Resource for schools, coupled with an overall briefing session for the teachers/careers by experts from industry – all are welcome to attend these presentations. All-Energy participants will also be invited to watch the ‘Electrocity Challenge’ undertaken by eight teams of four pupils at the end of S1 (12-13 year olds).
There will be round tables on graduate entry to the sector; and on the MA or college entry routes. The teachers will also have the opportunity to visit the show either on their own or take advantage of one of specially organised guided tours.
The pupils who have been beavering away on the challenge in the morning will make their presentations to the panel of judges in the early afternoon and the awards will be presented at 14.45 with a round-up plenary session following the presentation.
The All-Energy Education Day is organized by Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, the Energy Institute and Society of Petroleum Engineers and sponsored by ECITB (Engineering Construction Industry Training Board), and Optima Solutions UK Limited.
Full information on all aspects of All-Energy 2011 is available at and from and +44 (0)845 0758180.