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Energy Skills Foundation Programme (ESFP)

The ESFP is a one year college based NVQ level 2 pre-apprenticeship course which is currently being delivered by the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft campuses of East Coast College. It aims to introduce students to the main engineering disciplines required within the energy industry so they can make an informed career choice.

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

Degree Programme Support

Skills for Energy supports the development of the University of East Anglia’s undergraduate and postgraduate energy engineering programmes, as well as graduate entry into the industry from other disciplines.

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

All students will be required to undertake a substantial engineering project as part of the programme, with practical elements carried out 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 potential employees 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.

Skills for Energy, along with a 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 serving, have left or are leaving the forces.

Energy Employment Adviser (EEA)

This is a Jobcentre Plus (JCP) initiative working directly with Skills for Energy with the aim of upskilling their work coaches’ knowledge of the local opportunities within the energy industry.

A key aim is to connect with the Human Resources departments in local energy and engineering companies to enable them to send appropriate candidates for jobs, work experience and internships.

The Energy Employment Advisor assists with sourcing suitable candidates via their CV database, identifying those with the right qualifications and 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 able to take bookings on to the ‘Introduction to Oil & Gas’ and the ‘Introduction to Offshore Wind’ courses.

The objective of the courses is to introduce key elements of the energy industry to attendees, providing an excellent foundation for new entrants or non-technical personnel who need an overview of the sector to support their job role. They will suit those working in support roles (e.g. HR, admin, finance), as well as companies either looking to move into the industry or supporting the industry as a small part of their business.

The courses are held on site at the Lowestoft campus of East Coast College and spaces are charged at £150 + VAT per delegate including lunch.

For larger groups, we can arrange for the courses to be delivered in house as required.

Please contact Kerry Carter, kerry.carter@eeegr.com, 01493 412193 for further details or to book your space.

Annual Skills for Energy Event

Last year’s Skills for Energy Event was a huge success, with more than 600 students, parents and teachers connecting with energy employers.

Building on that success Skills for Energy 2018 will take place on 28 November at the International Aviation Academy, Norwich (IAAN).

This event will be designed to feed the increasing appetite among young people to explore the full range of training and career opportunities in the energy industry. It will provide a unique opportunity to talk directly to and inspire potential employees, and showcase companies’ investment in young people and the future.

We can only achieve this with the support of the region’s employers. We need their commitment to take the free-of-charge exhibitor spaces and bring along interactive STEM-based activities, current apprentices and other employees who can talk to young people about their experiences.

Feedback from students and teachers from last year’s event was incredibly positive, so please help us to make this year’s event bigger, better and even more inspirational for our future workforce.

To take part in this exciting event please register your interest with Siofra Driver, Events and Communications Executive, siofra.driver@eeegr.com, 01493 412196.

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