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- Think Power
- Talent Source Network (EU skills)
- Energy Institute Job Profiles
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- Renewable Energy Association
- Microgeneration Certification
- Waste Management
- Renewables Training network
- Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)
- IEMA Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment
- Green Deal
A green light for Energy and Environment
Work in a sector that lights up our houses, powers our computers and makes Wales greener.
How about doing work that produces energy for Wales? Ever think about getting involved in work to protect our environment?
The energy and environment sector is expected to grow and create more job opportunities between now and 2022.
Wales has many resources to produce energy including wind, tidal, hydro, solar, biomass, and knowledge in nuclear energy. (Energy & Utility Skills, 2013) With the decrease in coal mining, Wales is turning to new ways of energy production.
Jobs in Energy and Environment will play a vital part in:
- increasing energy production for Wales and the UK
- ensuring Wales is a clean and healthy environment in which to live
Jobs you could do include new roles like Wind Turbine Technician, a wide range of engineering roles and environmental jobs like Ecologist. When new energy sites are being built they also need large numbers of construction and civil engineering workers.
So why not enter a fast changing and exciting sector and get skilled in new technology?
a year is generated by the Welsh energy and environment sector
(Welsh Government, 2014)
1 in 44
of all jobs in the UK is connected to energy
(Energy UK, 2014)
largest operating windfarm in the world is in Wales
(RWE Innogy, 2015)
smart meters are to be installed by 2019 in the UK, and new jobs created.
(Energy and Utility Skills, 2013)
Wales needs more...
Programmers and Software Developers, Engineering Technicians,
Mechanical Engineers, Environment Professionals,
Welding Trades, Civil Engineers,
Electricians and Electrical Fitters,
Design and Development Engineers,
Refuse and Salvage Occupations, Electrical Engineers
What jobs can I do?
Some of the energy and environment jobs you could do:
New technological developments in energy production create new job roles like:
- Smart Meter Installer
- Wind Turbine Technician
- Energy and Environmental Analyst
- Energy/Sustainability Consultant
- Energy Management Engineer
- Offshore Installation Manager
- Solar Installer (Electrical, Hot Water, Photovoltaic)
- Subsea High Voltage Engineer
- Green Deal Adviser/Assessor
Find out more information on what these jobs involve on industry specific websites. Look at the useful links for more information.
There are jobs in Energy and Environment all over Wales.
Cardiff has the largest population in Wales and the highest number of jobs in Energy and Environment. Over 85% of energy and environment jobs are spread across the rest of Wales.
Source: Welsh Government, 2015
Anglesey has the Energy Island programme, aimed to grow employment in Energy and Environment in North Wales. It includes developments in nuclear, biomass
and wind energy.
(Anglesey County Council, 2014)
Pembrokeshire is the 4th highest employer for energy and environment jobs in Wales. The Haven Waterway Enterprise Zone in Pembrokeshire includes refineries, oil and gas storage depots, and solar farms.
(Welsh Government, 2015)
Meet the Employers
These are some of the energy and environment employers in Wales:
Gwynt y Mor Offshore Windfarm, North Wales.
Valero Oil Refinery
Western Power Distribution
Dŵr Cymru, Welsh Water
Treharris, Rhondda Cynon Taff.
Wales and West Utilities
What can I earn?
Salaries can vary depending on your experience, the employer and where you live. Higher salaries can be awarded for more senior positions. Salaries also vary for self-employed workers.
Source: Cascaid, 2016
Most energy sector jobs need strong scientific and maths skills so Maths and Science A Level subjects are often needed.
Below are a few examples of the courses for Energy and Environment that are available in Wales:
- Environmental Technologies
- Nuclear Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Building Services Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Environmental Conservation Management
- Engineering (Wind Turbine Maintenance)
(Energy & Utility Skills, 2013)
working in Energy and
Environment are self-employed.’
(Welsh Government, 2015)
Higher Education Courses in Wales for Energy and Environment.
- Foundation Degree (FdSc) Sustainable Design & Construction (Renewable Energy Technology)
- BSc (Hons) Ecology
- BEng (Hons) Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies
- MSc/Diploma Electrical Energy Systems
- MSc Sustainable Power Technology
- MSc Wildlife and Conservation Management
In order to become self-employed you would need the qualifications and certification required by the industry. For example, Microgeneration Certification is required if you are self-employed or a contractor, in order to install solar panels and other forms of green energy.
Networking and word of mouth are particularly important in the energy and environment sector. Get to know other creative people and businesses, face-to-face, and through social media.
Build your network of contacts to sell yourself and your ideas:
Get as much work experience as you can. Lack of general work experience is one of the top 3 reasons employers give for not employing someone.
Skills in demand
43% is the increase expected by 2020 for higher level qualifications such as Level 4 or degree. (Energy & Utility Skills, 2013)
The skills most in demand within Energy and Environment are job specific and technical skills including:
- Engineers and related skills including mechanical, structural, subsea high voltage engineers, turbine technicians and being able to work out at sea in rough weather
- Scientific and mathematically skilled staff
- Information Technology
- Project Management
Employers are also seeking employees who are adaptable and can transfer their skills into new technologies.
53% increase is likely for Mechanical Engineer job openings up to 2022
(UKCES Careers of the Future, 2014)
Do I need Welsh Language skills?
If you work in Wales, being able to speak and write in both Welsh and English can give you an advantage in the workplace.
What about the future?
There is a spotlight on Energy and Environment more than ever as countries look for ways of producing electricity and saving the environment at the same time. So demand for jobs is expected to grow.
Fastest growing Energy and Environment jobs in Wales, shown in percentage of growth.
Source: Working Futures 2012-2022