22 October 2012
Renewable Energy Will Rejuvenate Scotland
It’s an exciting time in Scotland right now; People are peeking out from behind their doors, realising it’s finally safe to come out and join the world again. Companies are growing more confident in hiring and jobs are being created across many sectors.
It’s a slow process but reports show that it is happening, and one of the markets leading the change is renewable energy. The Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs showed
IT, Computing and Engineering both in permanent and temporary vacancies as the strongest rising sectors. A lot of this is coming from the renewable energy market which is consistently growing in Scotland, reportedly by 10% a year.
Renewable energy currently supports 110,000 jobs in the UK and reports say it could support 400,000 by 2020. The green economy is a vital sector both in job creation and, of course, our future.
Falkirk Makes Renewables More Doable
Plumb Center announced this week that they will be offering Scotland’s first renewables training academy, Falkirk Renewables Centre. This is Plumb Center’s eighth academy designed to ‘Make Renewables More Do Able’. They have recognised that the industry is changing beyond recognition; and that in order to find and sustain successful careers, people need to be taught now what will be essential to the country’s future. Giving them these green credentials will allow them and Scotland to prosper.
Sgurr prove sector growth
The growth isn’t just speculation; it’s already showing as Sgurr Energy’s Glasgow HQ announced expansion plans to double in size in August. They immediately initiated a recruitment drive to bring on several key staff members – from renewable energy consultants and engineers to technicians and business support staff.
Sgurr’s technical director Ian Irvine said about the expansion,
“As the UK continues to navigate its way through difficult economic times it’s fantastic to be able to provide career opportunities in a thriving Scottish-based company.”
And we agree.
Enigma People Solutions are proud to partner with a number of clients who provide solutions to the global power sector including renewable energy. For many of our candidates the opportunity to work in the renewable sector is extremely enticing for a number of reasons:
- The technology involved is increasingly sophisticated, challenging and interesting; you can’t run power services without software and electronics these days.
- Working in an industry that is leading the change in the way we impact our planet is significantly attractive.
- Many of our candidates believe in and are keen to be involved in what they describe as a new “ethical engineering industry”.
This positive outlook on the industry will only propel its growth; and if the numbers continue to increase, then I see how renewable energy will be a long term significant resource for career opportunities in Scotland.
Christina Riley is a guest blogger for Amor, and Marketing Executive at Enigma People Solutions.