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White Collar, Blue Collar Green is the way forward

White Collar, Blue Collar Green is the way forward
The future is green and businesses want to cash in on the boom in environmental technology which is expected to bring one million new jobs to the UK in the next 20 years.
The race is on:  Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband recently warned there was compelling evidence that global warming could be happening more quickly than expected.
But Britain may be left behind in the drive to deliver sustainable energy solutions because of an acute shortage of skilled engineers and specialists familiar with the emerging technologies.
Both the CBI and the Royal Academy of Engineering have identified a shortfall of the skilled engineers and scientists who are essential to the expansion of the renewable energy sector in the UK.
Geotechnical design engineers, marine engineers, water engineers and geo-environmental engineers are all on the Governments official list of UK skills shortages.
And 73 per cent of employers in the energy sector fear they will not be able to find employees with the right skills to meet their companies future needs, according to a recent survey for the CBI.
And the CBIs Head of Climate Change Rhian Kelly has warned that Britain could be in danger of missing the opportunity altogether in terms of exploiting the green technology market
However, employers could be overlooking a rich source of suitable candidates, according to an industry expert.
Traditional industries such as manufacturing, automotive engineering and construction are shedding staff during the current economic recession many of whom have excellent transferable skills.
Renewable energy companies should not overlook the huge wealth of talent that exists among engineers working in more traditional industries, said Gary Hewett, Managing Director of ATA Energy, a recruitment consultancy which specialises in the booming energy generation sector.
Many have excellent transferable skills and come with a desire to make their mark in this new, expanding field which could really make a difference to the future of the planet.
They can make a huge positive contribution to companies which otherwise may have to wait for years for the emerging generation of engineers who are specifically trained in green technologies.
At ATA Energy we place great emphasis on building relationships with our clients to understand exactly what they require, and take time to interview potential candidates face-to-face so we can accurately judge if they will meet a clients requirements and fit into a companys culture.
Drawing on our expertise in this field, we are confident we can identify engineers for both blue and white collar roles with transferable skills who will be able to make the transition into the renewable energy field.


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