Bridging the Energy Skills Gap- how Seatrium ORS are playing its part

According to a recent report from the Offshore Wind Industry Council, the UK is forecast to employ 104,401 individuals in offshore wind by 2030. A figure that proves the industry is growing but, is growing at a quicker pace than the current workforce can keep up with.

If the UK is to meet 2030 targets and deliver 50GW of clean energy, the industry needs to take action.

Seatrium Offshore Renewable Services Ltd (Seatrium ORS) is taking the proactive steps needed to address the prevailing skills shortage. With a focus on nurturing young talent, the business aims to help bridge the skills gap and secure a sustainable future for the company and the industry as a whole.

As part of their growth strategy, Seatrium ORS has implemented an apprenticeship programme, currently employing four apprentices in various roles. The programme aims to provide valuable training and hands-on experience to young individuals, who will play a crucial role in shaping the future of the energy industry.

Discussing the programme, Managing Director, Colin Yaxley said: "We wanted to take on apprentices for a job, not just to tick a box, so we've created real roles, and plan to continue doing that and recruiting apprentices to join our team and become part of our future."

Many of the skills and jobs required in the energy sector are not industry-specific requiring specialised training. Seatrium ORS has recognised this and emphasises the transferability of skills across multiple disciplines, enhancing the versatility of apprentices.

Aligned with the Government's Powering Up Britain report, Seatrium ORS seeks to strengthen the skills pipeline through these apprenticeships, thereby securing a promising future for the company. The current apprentices have displayed exceptional progress in their respective courses, demonstrating the effectiveness of the programme.

By diversifying the talent pool and embracing an innovative approach, Seatrium ORS is actively helping to bridge the skills gap and strengthen the industry as a whole.