A Boom In Renewables Education As Scotland Upskills

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Above photo: The Beatrice wind farm off eastern Scotland.

Almost 13,000 people are studying renewable energy at Scottish universities and colleges.

A new study has revealed the sheer volume of training underway as the country upskills for climate emergency, new statistics reveal.

The research, the first of its kind, showed an “enormous range of courses” on offer from Borders to Highlands. And more than a third of the students taking up the opportunity to work in the green industrial revolution are women.

The new figures were calculated by industry lobby Scottish Renewables using a series of Freedom of Information requests. Thirty one higher education institutions are offering courses, ranging from Energy Finance and Policy at the University of Edinburgh) and Countryside Management at Scotland’s Rural College to Tourism Sustainability and Climate Change at the University of Glasgow and Engineering Systems at Dundee and Angus College.

Scottish Renewables Chief Executive Claire Mack told how the figures show that “the shift to low-carbon energy is providing opportunities across Scotland”.

She continued: “We already know that the Scottish renewable sector supports an estimated 17,700 jobs, so it’s exciting to see the scale of the workforce of the future, and the enormous range of courses being studied which relate in some way to Scotland’s renewable energy future.

“These figures show clearly that the shift to low-carbon energy is providing opportunities across Scotland, with education providers and students seeing value in a career which promises so much.

“With a net zero target in place and stretching targets on cutting carbon emissions from electricity, heat and transport, it’s heartening to see that Scotland is upskilling its young people as we move towards the smart, low-carbon energy system which is needed to tackle climate change.”

The figures are released as part of the Scottish Renewable Energy Festival, which runs from September 16 to October 1 and is being organised by industry body Scottish Renewables to reflect on Scotland’s renewables achievements to date, and on the sector’s future ambitions and opportunities.

Scotland’s Further and Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead said: “It is fantastic that so many are taking this a step further by studying for careers related to low-carbon and renewable energy – helping to prepare Scotland to play an active role in tackling the global climate emergency.

“We are encouraging people from all backgrounds to train for roles in renewable sectors and are also supporting more women to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). We are committed to ensuring a just transition to a growing net-zero economy which is both equitable and inclusive.”

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