General UK facts
- With shortages in most engineering disciplines, both for highly qualified engineers and for experienced technicians, there is an increasing need for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills.
- Nuclear energy accounted for around 16 per cent of generation in 2010, but has increased to around 21 per cent in 2015.
- Biomass (wood pellets, waste) has grown from a 3.1 per cent share of generation in 2010 to 8.6 per cent in 2015.
- The share of supply from wind, hydro, solar and net imports, has increased from 4.5 per cent in 2010 to 22.1 per cent in 2015. (Source – Energy trends March 2016 Gov.uk)
- The Gas industry currently employs around 123,700 people, and distribution networks deliver gas to around 10.8 million consumers.
- The petroleum industry employs over 150,000 people directly, and several thousand contract workers. The workforce is employed in stabilising, refining and manufacturing, and in distribution and forecourt retailing.
- The water industry plays a vital role in protecting the public health in the U.K. The industry provides safe, high quality drinking water. It covers water supply right from the source to the treatment works, where a variety of processes can be employed to produce safe drinking water that meets rigorous quality standards. The quality of water is carefully protected.
South of England facts
- EDF Energy have permission to build and operate Hinkley Point C - a new nuclear power station - The Hinkley Point C project will have jobs for skilled engineers and thousands of other job opportunities as well as contractual opportunities for local firms.
- The South West is the first region in the country to be designated as a Marine Energy Park and is looking for the best ways to use its outstanding natural resources. The region has high levels of wind, wave and tidal energies, some of the best solar radiation in the UK, and extensive rural and woodland areas for biomass.
- Solent has identified wind and tidal energy as part of their Marine and maritime strategy and priority sectors.