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Electricity Grid

As Scotland’s energy mix changes over the next few years, the electricity transmission network (grid) that supports the balance between energy generation and demand will change significantly. The grid needs to be upgraded and adapted to meet the needs of a more flexible and varied energy supply and demand base.

Job opportunities

There will be an increase in intermittent renewable generation, upgrades to grid access in rural and remote areas, and connections needed for offshore assets. It’s estimated that the sector needs to recruit and train more than 3,200 people up to 2020*. As the sector has an ageing workforce, it’s facing a skills shortage which must be addressed.

(*Source: Energy and Utility Skills (2014), The future skills and labour demands of the Scottish power grid sector.)

The need for skills

The challenges facing grid and transmission are around sector attractiveness and encouraging younger people into the sector. The sector needs STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) related skills supported across a range of qualification levels, and needs more new entrants for skilled craftsmen roles.

Knowledge and skills – courses, qualifications and information

Follow the links here to find out about the courses and qualifications that will help you improve the knowledge and skills of your workforce.


These organisations can help you to address gaps in your workforce knowledge, or when you’re introducing new work processes and practices.

As new opportunities arise and people move on or retire, demand for skills and experience increases. Training workers with similar competencies in other industries is one way to plug the gap.

More employers across many industries are investing in Modern Apprentices. Younger employees bring new energy and diversity to your business, and their training means you have the right mix of skills flowing through your organisation’s talent pipeline.

In 2012/13 84% of young people who enrolled for the Electrical Installation and Electro-technical Services frameworks completed their courses. (Source: SDS)

These industry specific courses and qualifications cover essential skills and competencies in the power sector.

Keeping abreast of changes in qualifications, or employing people from the rest of the UK and Europe with different certificates, can be confusing. Visit Our Skillsforce for information on understanding qualifications