Energy Skills Foundation Programme (ESFP)

The Energy Skills Foundation Programme (ESFP) is a one year college based NVQ level 2 pre-apprenticeship course which is currently being delivered by Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft College. The programme aims to introduce students to the main engineering disciplines required within the energy industry so that they can make an informed career choice. This course was developed by industry to provide students with the opportunity to gain knowledge of various aspects of the energy industry as well as experience the engineering disciplines required for their potential future careers.

The course involves studying for several energy related qualifications and offers exciting opportunities to visit local employers and tour sites such as Sizewell Nuclear Power Station, Bacton Gas Terminal and a Seajacks jack-up crane barge.

The skills and knowledge acquired on the course are valued by employers and can help learners progress on to an apprenticeship programme or technician level courses relating to the energy industry.

Degree Programmes

Skills for Energy support the ongoing development of the University of East Anglia’s undergraduate & postgraduate energy engineering programme, as well as graduate entry into the industry from other disciplines.

This MSc programme combines investment in engineering with existing and substantial expertise across the Faculty of Science in the fields of applied mathematics, energy resources, environmental management and electronic engineering. The programme has been developed in partnership with industry and employers through close collaboration with the EEEGR, aiming to address the national and regional shortage of high-calibre qualified graduates in the field of Energy Engineering.

All students will be required to undertake a substantial engineering project as part of the MSc programme, and it is anticipated that many students will have the opportunity to undertake the practical elements of this project in an industrial setting within the energy sector. Accreditation has been awarded by the Energy Institute to allow graduates partial exemption towards CEng status.

Military in the Energy Industry

Military personnel are ideal for the energy industry as they can bring a wealth of knowledge from management through to problem solving, they have transferable skills that underpin basic knowledge needed for the energy sector and they are a reliable workforce with the right work ethic needed throughout the industry.

SfE, along with a strong network of ex-military in the industry, provide help, support and guidance to service leavers in a variety of formats. This includes working with those that are currently serving, due to leave or those that have already left the forces. A key support method is through the ‘Military in the Energy Industry Awareness’ events which to date, have had a substantial turnout and have gained very positive feedback. SfE host a ‘Military in the Energy Industry’ LinkedIn group and this has worked as a superb way of keeping in touch and making members aware of the events which we are holding.

Energy Employment Adviser (EEA)

This is a Jobcentre Plus (JCP) initiative working with Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils and local JCPs to upskill their work coaches’ knowledge of the local opportunities in the energy industry. A key aim is to connect with the human resources departments in local energy and engineering companies to send appropriate candidates for jobs, work experience and internships.

The Energy Employment Adviser works with JCPs and assists with sourcing suitable candidates within their CV database, identifying those that are appropriately qualified and have the right qualities to enter the industry.

Introductory Training Courses

Following the successful development of a range of pioneering one day ‘Introduction to’ training courses, EEEGR and East Coast College are pleased to announce that we are now taking bookings on to the ‘Introduction to Offshore Wind’ course:

The objective of the courses is to introduce key elements of the UK Energy Industry to attendees, and they offer an introduction to various sectors within the energy industry and provide an excellent foundation for new entrants to the industry or non-technical personnel who need to have an overview of the sector to support their job role. They will suit those working in the support roles in the industry e.g. HR, admin, finance etc., new entrants as well as those companies either looking to move into the industry or supporting the industry as only a small part of their business.

The courses are held on site at East Coast College - Lowestoft Campus and spaces are charged at £150 + VAT per delegate including lunch. Please contact Kerry Carter ( / 01493 412193) for further details or to book your space.

For larger groups, we can arrange for the courses to be delivered in house as required. Please contact Kerry Carter ( / 01493 412193) for more information.

Energy Skills Network (ESN)

The Energy Skills Network (ESN) is a group of industry, education and training providers who work together with the aim of ensuring that providers are continually evolving to meet the needs of the energy industry.