SPIE has announced that SPIE ENS is working in collaboration with Scottish Power Energy Networks and local colleges in Scotland, to address the shortage of skills in the electrical industry.
The SP Energy Networks initiative, which began in July 2012, has held four working group workshops so far and has developed a training programme to help to address the skill shortage in the Overhead Line sector.
To develop training and long-term employment opportunities, the three parties work together to offer local people the opportunity to become trainee overhead linespersons. In this collaboration, SP Energy Networks provides the trainer and materials for the course, SPIE UK provides the tools and materials needed, as well as an apprenticeship position for the trainee at the end of the course, and the college provides the facility and funding.
To date, SPIE has held two of the 12-week training courses, working with nine students from Dumfries & Galloway College and six from Forth Valley College in Scotland, resulting in the employment of 15 apprentices to the SPIE workforce.
SPIE ENS senior contracts manager Liam McMyler commented: “Working with SP Energy Networks has helped us to recruit where we operate, through a uniquely collaborative approach. SP Energy Networks recognises that recruitment is an issue for both contractors and customers and that we both need to recruit to deliver the investment programmes of the next decade. This is an industry leading approach and one that is, most importantly, offering real, long-term jobs to the unemployed in our communities.”