Skilling the Water Industry for the Future

31 August by Miriam Heale


Source: Article published by Water and Waste Treatment

September is the month that many graduate and apprentice recruits start work, and water sector employers up and down the country will be preparing to welcome new colleagues. But while there will be many success stories, a host of questions remain: are there enough of them, will they stay in the sector, and will they truly replace those who have retired or left?

Energy & Utilities Skills’ Workforce Renewal and Skills Strategy, published earlier this year, predicts a shortfall of 221,000 workers in utilities over the next ten years, as the sector suffers from the ageing workforce, a tight labour market, a lack of technical skills and engagement amongst young people, and a post-Brexit slowdown in the flow of talent from the EU.

So what does this look like on the ground, and perhaps more importantly, what can be done about it?

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