The East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) is the industry and skills association for energy producers and their Supply Chain in the East of England, representing over 300 members across the sector.
We are committed to the delivery of benefits to our members through a comprehensive programme of events and industry led activities. Our core programmes and projects are geared towards the sustained development of the energy industry in the East of England.
EEEGR has a close relationship with government and when it comes to matters of energy, EEEGR is leading the way in representing the region.
Skills for Energy
Skills for Energy (SfE), one of EEEGR’s core programmes, is led by industry and its primary aim is to ensure the ongoing diversity and volume of skilled individuals to move towards securing the wellbeing of the energy sector. It focuses on delivering skilled people to the industry for long-term careers and ensuring the existing workforce continues to meet the industry’s needs now and into the future. The programme is centred on addressing core skills needs across all energy sectors, both technical and commercial, achieved through collaborative partnerships.
The programme is led by our SfE Programme Manager, Gemma Head, with the direct support of the EEEGR Team and the Skills for Energy Workgroup which is made up of senior industry key contributors, including some EEEGR board members, which aims to develop and drive forward the skills programme.
The pages within the Skills for Energy area of our website detail each of our current projects and initiatives.
To read some of the success stories about people getting into the energy industry, please click here: http://www.eeegr.com/success-stories.html - and don't forget to look out for our forthcoming EEEGR events where you can learn more about roles in the energy industry and organisations that could help you.
Energise Your Future at the Skills for Energy Conference
Energise Your Future at the Skills for Energy Conference’ brings together education and the energy industry, showcasing the innovation behind this buoyant sector.
Exhibitors provide insights into their world of work through interactive challenges to assist young people with making more informed choices when deciding upon their careers.
Students studying GCSE, AS/A‐Level, City & Guilds and BTEC subjects can attend the event which along with exhibitors, includes speakers who aim to paint a clear picture as to what’s to come for the energy industry within the region and what this means for the younger generation.
Energy in our region: Begin exploring your career
Start looking at the wealth of career opportunities in the energy sector using our summaries below:
The UK has been the world leader in offshore wind since October 2008, with as much capacity already installed as the rest of the world combined. The East of England coast plays host to nearly 70% of the total capacity installed in UK waters. Find out more here.
Wave & Tidal
The UK is currently the global leader in marine energy, with more wave and tidal stream devices installed than the rest of the world combined. Wave and tidal energy combined has the potential to deliver around 20% of the UK’s current electricity needs which equates to an installed capacity of around 30 – 50GW. Find out more here.
Oil and Gas
The East of England is an established hub for the oil and gas industry and a large base for major and international businesses. With a strong local workforce and vast relevant experience, the region has maintained its reputation as a national centre for offshore activity. The region’s oil and gas industry consists of more than 500 companies who directly employ 2,100 people and a further 13,200 indirectly. Find out more here.
The region boasts complimentary engineering, project management and environmental expertise which can readily be used by the nuclear industry. In the East of England EDF Energy operates Sizewell B power station which employs 575 staff and 250 contracting partners. Sizewell B is scheduled to operate until 2035 but this could be extended by a further 20 years. EDF Energy has completed Stage One of its pre-application consultation for the proposed Sizewell C project which would be capable of supplying power to some 5 million homes and would employ 900 staff when operational. Find out more here.
Many of the structures producing oil and gas have a limited lifespan, often 25-40 years, and an increasing number are due to be taken out of service. When redundant, they must be removed and disposed of, ensuring that the surrounding area is safe from environmental contamination. Decommissioning has become a major business within the oil and gas industry and is a lengthy and high cost operation. Find out more here.
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
The Southern North Sea boasts numerous opportunities for CCS with many depleted gas fields and the saline aquifer of the Bunter Sandstone formation easily accessible from the coast of the East of England.
Almost all of the UK offshore oil and gas fields still have their platforms in place - and they can be modified for CO2 storage, at a fraction of the cost of building and installing new facilities. Find out more here.
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