WorldSkills UK

We believe in the value and prestige of technical education and its potential to empower young people and drive growth.

Through our careers advocacy, we inspire young people from all backgrounds to choose technical apprenticeships and technical education as prestigious pathways in future and priority skills areas, such as green careers, through our free digital careers resources.

This Green Careers Week, we’re working with a range of partners who are leading the way in green careers. Browse below to find out more about exciting and essential green careers, skills and apprenticeship events, opportunities and resources available.

What are Green Careers and Green Skills

with NOCN, partners of WorldSkills UK

NOCN Group is committed to providing the ‘Green Skills’ of the future to support learners, centres, and employers with the transition to green economies and workforces.

As the world increasingly prioritises sustainability and environmental responsibility, green careers and green skills are becoming more important and relevant. They offer opportunities for individuals to make a positive impact on the planet while also advancing their careers in fields that are likely to experience growth in the coming years.

Whilst green careers are typically associated with the fields of renewable energy, environmental conservation and technology, nearly all jobs will be impacted by the move to green economies over the next decade.

Join in our free virtual interactive green careers and apprenticeship webinars this Green Careers Week

In partnership with Education and Employers, we will be hosting a series of virtual careers sessions – in celebration of Green Careers Week (6 – 11 November), where students will embark on a journey to explore diverse careers related to green and sustainability with EDF Energy, Institute of Motor Industry (IMI) and Air Products.

Students will gain insight into the variety of green jobs that exist from experts and apprentices (Gatsby Benchmarks 2 and 5), learn about technical and apprenticeship pathways (Gatsby Benchmark 7) and get a better sense of the importance of these jobs. The session will also include Q&A opportunities and interactive quizzes for students to collect interesting facts along the way.

Targeted at KS3, KS4 and above, visit our website to sign up for the session on Tuesday 7m Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 November this week!

Low Carbon Energy and Green Apprenticeships

Tuesday 7th November 11:00am – 12:00pm

Green Transformation and Careers in the Automotive Sector

Wednesday 8th November 9:30 – 10:30am

Taking Green Global: Career Pathways with Air Products

Thursday 9th November 11:00am – 12:00pm

Why are Green Careers and Skills important?

As the UK strives to achieve its ambitious climate targets, including net-zero emissions by 2050, green skills are essential for driving the transition to a low-carbon economy. Green careers in renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable agriculture, and conservation not only contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions but also create job opportunities and economic growth.

What Green Careers are available?

By 2030, there could be 694,000 green jobs in the low-carbon and renewable energy sectors across England. The types of jobs in the green sector vary and can include environmental technicians, agricultural specialists, wind turbine or solar panel technicians, nuclear engineers and many more. 

How can I get into a Green Career?

Apprenticeships are a great option for people of all ages to break into the green sector. They offer the opportunity to earn while you learn with options to train right up to degree level.  

A wide range of green apprenticeships are available, from environmental consultancy and business sustainability to forestry and wind turbine technology.  A range of qualifications and short courses are also available in subjects such as Energy Efficiency and Domestic Retrofit.

Where Can I Find Out More?

NOCN Group have put together some useful information and resources about Green Skills and careers. Visit www.nocn.org.uk to find out more.

Spotlight on Green Jobs

WorldSkills UK brought together the UK’s leading employers and apprentices to inspire young people from all walks of life to consider the vocational pathways which will lead them to green careers.

As climate change and environmental concerns top the social, political and youth agenda, we focused on green jobs in the fourth of our series of Spotlight Talks. The government’s ambition to create 2 million jobs in the green economy by 2030 is an exciting opportunity for young people to develop skills which will help accelerate the UK towards net-zero.

Sessions are broken down into 30-minute slots and contain live Q&As, videos and expert career advice. Examples of the topics explored include:

  • The switch to electric vehicles and how it will revolutionise the skills needed in the automotive industry
  • New methods of designing and building houses to be more energy efficient is opening up new routes into the construction industry
  • How STEM skills are fundamental to addressing the challenges of climate change.

Spotlight on Green Jobs

Spotlight on Green Careers Apprenticeships:

Discover Low Carbon and Green Careers with EDF Energy

WorldSkills UK and EDF Energy are working together this Green Careers Week to highlight low carbon and green careers.

If you’re passionate about tackling climate change, EDF Energy’s high quality Apprenticeship programmes offer the opportunity to develop an exciting career whilst helping to create a more sustainable energy future.

Together, we’ll help Britain achieve Net Zero.

Apprenticeship schemes will open for applications in January 2024. Browse below a range of programmes to find out more about green and related careers with EDF Energy.

Renewables Wind Turbine Maintenance Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

Are you interested in working as part of EDF Renewables on one of our wind farms? If so, join our Wind Turbine Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician training programme?

EDF Energy offer a three and a half-year programme that focuses on the hands-on skills required to maintain our wind turbines. When you’re not at college, you’ll be based at a service centre.

Business Administration Apprenticeship

Are you interested in joining our Business Training Programme, and getting hands on experience in some of the most exciting projects in EDF?

Our 24-month programme offers the opportunity to gain a level 3 Apprenticeship in Business Administration. You’ll experience a variety of roles that’ll help you develop a wide range of transferable business skills to set you up for your future career. During the programme you’ll spend time in different departments at your EDF location.

Nuclear Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

Are you interested in joining our Nuclear Engineering Degree Training Programme, and being involved in some of the most exciting projects in EDF?

During this four-year Degree Apprenticeship you’ll learn from our industry leading experts and gain valuable experience, while studying for a Bachelors’ Degree in Mechanical, Electrical Engineering or Control and Instrumentation. You’ll get on-the-job training and the kind of practical experience you simply can’t get on campus. On the programme you’ll follow the Level 6 Nuclear Scientist Nuclear Engineer Apprentice Standard.

Industrial Placement

Do you want to gain real hands-on business experience in an exciting and Net Zero focused company? If so, an Industrial Placement is perfect for you!

An Industrial Placement offers engaging and meaningful work that’ll enrich your studies during your gap or sandwich year. EDF Energy offer paid 12-month Industrial Placements to students studying for a degree at university. Their recruitment cycle for industrial placements starts in the winter, with selection activities ending by April; successful candidates begin in September.

Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship

During this three-year scheme you’ll study for a level 6 Cyber Security Technical Professional Apprenticeship with our training provider, Gloucester College.

You’ll spend time in different parts of our Enterprise Information Security Team and complete your studies through block release periods.

You may also travel to other EDF offices, but you’ll be mainly based in the South West of England.

Science and Engineering Graduate Programme

This 15-month programme offers the chance to experience placements across EDF Energy’s nuclear generation and nuclear new build sites. These opportunities could include working on:

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