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Energy Skills Investment Plan (SIP)

Developing workforce skills

World class performance is built on having the best talent and the right mix of skills in your talent pool.

The Scottish Government, industry leaders and employers are working hard to ensure the energy sector is best placed to fulfil its potential as a world leader. The onus is on industry to make sure critical job roles are identified and strategies are in place to ensure a flow of talent through these positions for the sector to achieve global success.


Next step

Take a look at the resources below to help you determine where the skills gaps in your workforce are; how to acquire talent to fill the gaps, and training courses specific to the energy sector in Scotland.


Take advantage of free resources to help you determine the gap between your existing talent and what’s needed.

Up-skilling existing staff should be part of your talent strategy.


The sector is facing acute shortages in engineering and technical roles. Ex-military personnel and the Dounrey workforce are two potential talent pools suitable for transitioning into or across the sector.

Employers seeking to develop or take part in a programme can get in touch with the contacts below.


Dundee College

Dundee College has developed courses in welding /fabrication and engineering.

Contact: Karen Donaldson on 01382 834395

Orkney College

Orkney College offers courses helping seafarers to up-skill to meet the needs of the local marine sector.

Contact: Mark Shiner on 01857 569401 


OPITO has created programmes with Forth Valley College. Their mechanical, process and electrical courses will help experienced engineering staff convert their skills for the oil and gas industry.

Contact: Alison Spice on 01224 787827


ECITB is working with Forth Valley College and Petrofac Training in Aberdeen to deliver courses aimed at ex-military personnel and unemployed people aligned to ECITB diplomas.

Contact Susan Smart on 01324 492733

Fife College

Fife College has developed courses helping those with engineering skills to find work in fabrication and welding, electrical engineering, mechanical maintenance and CNC machining.

Contact: Linda Greig on 01383 559080 

Dumfries & Galloway College

The college offers an overhead lines transition initiative to meet skills shortages in the electrical overhead power lines sector.

Contact: Sharon Glendinning on 01387 734364 

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Discover more about what they are and where to get them:

Find out if competencies that underpin job roles within your company match National Occupational Standards or use the framework to inform training to up-skill staff.