Energy industries to bid for SSC accreditation

Energy
industries have joined forces in an attempt to win Sector Skills Council
accreditation.

The
Electricity Association and the British Nuclear Industry Forum are promoting a
bid to set up the Primary Energy Sector Skills Council.

The
proposed organisation would represent the electrical, nuclear, energy renewables
and sustainable development industries and is being backed by trade bodies
including the Association of Electricity Producers and the Combined Heat and
Power Association.

Jenny
Kirkpatrick, chief executive of the Electricity Association, said the move
would address some of the skills issues raised in the recent government energy
review: "The provision of demand-led, strategic leadership is essential if
we are to ensure the adequate supply of skilled staff for our industry.

"The
recent employment and skills study by the Electricity Training Association
highlighted the skills shortages faced by the sector and reinforces the need
for industry groups to work together to tackle skills gaps," she said.

By Ross Wigham

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