Every day over 65 million customers and citizens in the UK rely on the energy and utilities sector’s workforce to deliver the essential services that underpin our everyday lives: water, gas, power and waste for our homes and businesses.
Breaking Ground is the latest edition to Energy & Utility Skills ‘Highways the Right Way’ suite of effective and high quality training films that aim to improve the awareness, safety and skills of the workforce across the energy and utilities sector. The film is part of a larger project that received £60,000 from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) as part of its Flexible and Structured Fund.
The chair of the Utility Contractors Group, Glen Tymon of Morrison Utility Services, said: “Breaking Ground has been produced in partnership with the members of the Utility Contractors Group who identified the need for new training resources, to ensure that the skills and knowledge of the workforce remains high.
“The production of this engaging, bite-sized training resource, backed by utility contractors, will help to reinforce the key safety messages and protocols needed to address the issues that the industry and our workforce face daily.”
The Utility Contractors Group have identified four key areas of impact of the funding has bought to the development of the suite of training films.
Glen Tymon of Morrison Utility Services comments on how they are using the Highways the Right Way training films to improve the safety of operatives working on the highway: “We’ve already started by using them at induction programmes when we take new employees on. We’ve also started to use them as part of our general street works training events. A number of companies I’ve been speaking to use them already use them as part as part of overall briefings and stand-down days, or just as part of a general refresher”.
“Over the next 9 years, there will be heavy investment in infrastructure where levels of investment will return to those levels seen before the 2008 recession. With growth in construction returning across the country (2.5% growth per year) and nearly 221,000 vacancies expected to be created by 2025, the demand for energy and utilities sector workers is high and skills shortages are emerging.
Nick Ellins, chief executive of Energy and Utility Skills