Pilot project to equip students with skills needed for future employment

A unique pilot project has been approved in Pembrokeshire which will bring together students and companies specializing in the renewable energy sector, creating an industry-led blue-green energy framework that will prepare young talent for employment opportunities upcoming locations.

This is the first pilot project to be endorsed by the Regional Learning and Skills Partnership (RLSP). This is part of the £30million Swansea Bay City Skills and Talents Scheme, under which Pembrokeshire College, Pembrokeshire County Council and local businesses will work together to deliver the Pembrokeshire Passport to Employment .

From September 2022, pupils aged 5-19 will benefit from the scheme and it will be taught by Pembrokeshire College, Milford Haven Secondary School and Ysgol Harri Tudur through five key strands. Students will learn about renewable energy, including wave, tidal and solar energy, as well as offshore and onshore wind, with help from companies specializing in this field, including EDF Renewables UK DP Energy, Blue Gem Wind, Bombora Wave and Ore Catapult.

This exciting project has been developed by working closely with the Swansea Bay City Deal Pembroke Dock Marine project. It identifies skills gaps in current educational frameworks for teaching renewable energy, where it is expected that there will be a strong demand for workers in the future thanks to the City Deal and to other public and private sector projects.

Cllr Rob Stewart, Chairman of the Swansea Bay City Deal Joint Committee, said: “It is great to see the approval of the first Swansea Bay City Deal Skills and Talent pilot program and fantastic to see two of our projects working together to create essential education on renewable energy. We hope this pilot project in the Milford Haven cluster area will be a success as we expect it to be rolled out to other areas of Pembrokeshire, South West Wales and nationally in the years to come. coming.

“We are confident that this pioneering initiative will ensure that students are ready for employment in the renewable energy sector, and building on our local industry expertise, we hope to create a center of excellence for renewable energy in Pembrokeshire. It will transform employment prosperity for the county and the wider region and will work alongside other initiatives that will also develop the skills of our existing workforce.

“The Skills and Talent program is linked to all the other 8 City Deal projects and will help us develop our region, retaining our talented students by offering them the opportunity to stay in the region when they are ready to work. We are reviewing other pilot project proposals and hope to make announcements soon on more exciting initiatives that will help shape our future. »

Cllr Paul Miller, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Place, Region and Climate Change at Pembrokeshire County Council added: “As a local authority, we are committed to working with our partners to ensure we provide our young people the tools that will allow this region to have a highly qualified workforce in engineering, science and technology for the next generation.

Barry Walters, Principal of Pembrokeshire College, said: “We are delighted that the partnership approach between Pembrokeshire County Council, local energy companies and ourselves has been the first project to be approved by the Skills and talent from the Swansea Bay City Deal. We look forward to the implementation of a number of innovative initiatives from September that will raise awareness of renewable energy and help equip young people in the county with the skills needed for future employment. ”