WAMITAB - the awarding organisation for qualifications in the waste and resource management industry - has welcomed the announcement that government funding has been secured to tackle a growing skills gap in the gas, water, renewables, waste management and power industries.
The Energy and Efficiency Industrial Partnership (EEIP) - whose principal delivery partners are Energy and Utility Skills (EU Skills), Capita Talent Partnerships, the National Skills Academy for Power (NSAP) and Asset Skills - will receive funding as part of the government's Employer Ownership of Skills (EOS) pilot. The partnership is also being supported by a host of industry bodies including the Carbon Management Association, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), the Renewable Energy Association, and the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
EEIP is expected to deliver around 70,000 learning opportunities, including apprenticeships and traineeships, while collaborating with employers to influence the make-up and content of training, to ensure it will deliver the calibre of workers required for future success and growth.
Chris James, CEO of WAMITAB, said: “This announcement is a welcome boost for the energy and utility industries, acknowledging the crucial role that training plays in creating the correctly skilled workers that are so urgently needed. Facing up to the problem of a rapidly aging workforce by developing relevant and rewarding programmes that fulfil the needs of employers will also help to address youth unemployment, so this announcement looks set to provide a huge number of benefits for the UK economy as a whole.”