Author: Ian Green, Complete Training Solutions MD on the Green Industrial Revolution and 250,000 renewable energy jobs
Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have seen a noticeable fall in UK energy consumption. Energy requirements for industrial services such as shops and restaurants have fell 10% compared to last year. The most noticeable falls within the transport sector. Specifically, air transport which saw a decline of two-thirds compared to last year. Whilst industrial services saw declines, domestic consumption has also risen 2.5% as home working hours increased. 
In comparison, renewable electricity generation has grown year on year. Furthermore, the largest increases coming from offshore wind generation due to added capacity. During Q1 of 2020, renewables share of generation exceeded 40% and remained for the duration of the year. 
In November 2020, the Prime Minister set out a ten-point plan. This plan outlines a ‘Green Industrial Revolution for 250,000 jobs.’ The aim is to produce enough offshore wind to power every home. Effectively, quadrupling the amount of renewable energy produced by 2030 and supporting up to 60,000 jobs within the sector.  The Prime Minister, said;
‘’Our green industrial revolution will be powered by the wind turbines of Scotland and the North East, propelled by the electric vehicles made in the Midlands and advanced by the latest technologies developed in Wales, so we can look ahead to a more prosperous, greener future.’’
In recent years, the Governments partnership with the offshore wind sector has blossomed. Offshore wind has demonstrated the capacity to deliver large scale projects at reduced costs. It has created 7,200 skilled as well as well-paid renewable energy jobs in communities across the country. 
With a promise of the creation of 60,000 jobs in the renewables sector, the demand for skilled workers is on the rise. Training providers must ensure the future workforce are equipped with the skills and knowledge to have a thriving career in renewable energy. The plan set out by the Government will rely on a workforce that is capable to manage, operate and repair onshore and offshore wind farms.
It is our job as training providers to ensure adequate teaching and education is available. Education through training creates accessibility to delegates who wish to pursue a career in renewables. Through comprehensive training, the future workforce will be ready and able to support the plan set out by the Government. Subsequently, a skilled workforce will enable the UK to remain at the forefront of renewables.
As newly appointed MD of Training Provider, Complete Training Solutions, it is my responsibility to ensure our course delivery and daily operations evolve as the demand increases within the renewables industry. We are continuously developing our training offer to meet industry demands, without compromising on the quality of training we provide.
As part of a larger group of training and education providers, we can draw on the expertise of The Progress Group. For instance, supporting our delegates in securing roles in the sector, through support with CV writing and job applications.
Through the expansion of our current GWO course offering as well as a potential for new suites providing training for delegates in the Solar and retrofit industry, I am confident that our comprehensive training offering puts us in position to support the plan outlined by the Government and do our part to ready the future renewables workforce.