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Case Study: EU Skills - Foresight Exercise on Future Skills Needs for Energy
Foresight research is the critical first step to EU Skills and The National Skills Academy Power (NSAP) meeting the skills needs of the power industry of the future. Both already undertake forecasting work, primarily through the Workforce Planning Model but there was a need for further research to describe the skills landscape of the power industry of the future and how it might need to respond given certain scenarios.
A short foresight research project was proposed, covering the activities of the four NSAP Sector Networks:
The overall aim of the project was to identify the potential skills challenges of the UK's power industry in 2025 and 2050. SAMI used the global and UK economic, political and social drivers derived in previous skills foresight projects as background. It then undertook horizon scanning on particular issues relating to the power industry and conducted interviews with sector leaders.
In total, twenty one socio-economic drivers and twenty technical drivers were selected from the overall list of industry drivers as being likely to have the greatest potential impact on the long-term skill requirements of the industry. The relative importance and implications of these short-listed key drivers were then analysed further in a one-day workshop attended by a cross-section of industry participants.
Key uncertainties included:
Key technological drivers included:
The key findings included:
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