More students than ever are choosing green energy college courses – FE News

Newcastle College (@NCLCollege) continues to lead the North East Heart’s green agenda with over 175 students enrolled in its renewable energy courses since 2018.

The increase is the latest in a series of green energy-focused announcements from the college and NCG, the national college group of which it is a part. Last year Energy Chief Alan Goundry was invited to be part of the Government’s Green Jobs Task Force and in September NCG announced a new environmental strategy that spells out its commitment to reduce emissions and emissions. waste in the group’s seven colleges. At the same time, Andrew Esson, director of industrial strategy at Newcastle College, has recently been appointed head of the Energi Coast Skills group.

The Energi Coast Skills Group is a collaborative program between local universities in the North East, including Durham, Newcastle, Sunderland, Northumbria and Teesside; as well as institutions such as the STEM Ambassador Hub, North East Ambition and Engineering UK.

In a recent global survey of 10,000 young people by the University of Bath, almost 60% said they felt very worried or extremely worried about climate change.

André said:

“I have spent my career working in and around the energy industry, but my work with the Energy Academy at Newcastle College over the past four years has firmly committed me to the wind industry. offshore and green energy and rekindled my passion for skills and development.

“I am delighted to take on the role of Chairman of the Energi Coast Skills Group and I hope to take the opportunity to not only help make the North East UK the UK’s leading skill center for renewable and green energy offshore, but also to show young people across the region how they can make a difference in the face of a complex global problem.

“Driving the Green Program in the North East is a key part of Newcastle College’s 10-year strategy, and collaborations like this can help provide future generations with the skills and knowledge to effect change, make a difference. and a better future. “

One of the key goals of the College’s broader strategy is to help create a climate-conscious workforce through education and youth skills to help the UK achieve the ambitious goal of 2 million green jobs by 2030.

Sam Bullock, graduate student at the Energy Academy, commented:

“I decided to enroll in a renewable energy and engineering degree because I really realized the impact we all have on the planet, and I thought it would be a good way to play my part. role. I feel empowered because I have a better understanding of the big picture.

The Energy Academy at Newcastle College on Hadrian Road, Wallsend, is recognized as one of the leading providers of underwater and renewable energy training in the North East and offers a variety of energy-related disciplines, from level 2 for higher education diplomas.

The facilities include classrooms, technical laboratories, high quality welding stations and electrical workshops in which students can train in a range of skills such as welding, solar technology, electrical and mechanical engineering, to name a few. These facilities also allow students to gain hands-on experience working on wind turbines and underwater oil and gas recovery systems.

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