Power and Renewables
The Scottish Government is committed to generating 20% of total Scottish energy use from renewable sources such as solar, wind, wave or tidal by the year 2020.
Scotland has a wealth of natural resources — solar, wind, wave and tidal — to meet this target but there is one resource that we will need above all if we are to achieve it. A trained and highly skilled workforce.
That’s where SQA qualifications come in. SQA provide qualifications in the key subjects employers within the industry need. We provide a wide range of qualifications, at most levels of the SCQF, in the key skills areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Our engineering qualifications cover engineering disciplines where the industry is facing skills shortages.
About the industry
Semta is responsible for engineering skills for the future of the UK's most advanced sectors. Led by employers, their job is to transform the skills and productivity of the people who power our engineering and advanced manufacturing technologies sectors. Semta reconnect education and industry and create the highly skilled and dynamic workforce needed to re-energise UK industry and drive its future success.
Industry recognised qualifications
Getting into the industry
Skills for Work: Energy National 5
The National 5 Skills for Work: Energy Course provides a basis for progression into further education or for moving directly into training or employment within the energy sector.
Learners explore the various UK-based energy industries and develop practical skills by building a small-scale solar hot water system and wind turbine. They also develop their employability skills and review their strengths and weaknesses — which are then used to help suggest the most appropriate career for them within the energy sector.
There is an opportunity to specialise in one subject area such as analysing their own carbon footprint, or developing a deeper knowledge of oil and gas production in the North Sea, or learning more about the conventional energy generation systems used in the UK.