Vital Energi invests in renewable future with net zero apprentices

Following on from the launch of our successful Net Zero Apprenticeship Programme in 2021, we are delighted to welcome our second intake of apprentices to the Vital Energi family.

This year we were joined by another 12 apprentices who are based throughout the UK, meaning that apprentices now make up 6% of Vital Energi’s workforce.

We're delighted to be working with Vital Energi and welcoming the second cohort of apprentices on the Net Zero Apprenticeship Programme. Our partnership with Vital Energi is built on the knowledge and skills of its engineers and our innovative curriculum leaders at The City of Liverpool College. Working with progressive, exciting organisations such as Vital Energi helps us to continue to innovate and provide our students with the skills they need to enter the workforce and forge successful, sustainable careers. The apprenticeships will play an essential role in developing the skills needed to deliver our low carbon future, while giving apprentices the skills and knowledge they need to thrive and forge sustainable careers in the industry.

Lindsey Meadows Head of Apprenticeships, City of Liverpool College

The UK is facing a significant skills gap in the green energy sector, so we have taken it upon ourselves to deliver an apprenticeship programme which will directly address this. Renewable energy has grown ten-fold since 2004, and if we want to continue this outstanding work, we need an influx of talented and enthusiastic workers. As an industry, we need to take responsibility for training them and ensuring they have the knowledge, skills and creativity to drive our industry forward.”

Ella Stokes , Head of Human Resources - Vital Energi

Vital Energi founded the Net Zero Apprenticeship Programme, in partnership with City of Liverpool College, to address the UK skills gap. If the gap is not addressed, this could derail the UK’s efforts to meet its net zero targets, with Price Waterhouse Cooper recently estimating that the UK will need to provide training for approximately 200,000 green jobs to keep the green energy transition on track.

Ella concludes, “Not only do we need to install large amounts of renewable energy, we need to install it to the highest standards; ensuring the long-term performance and eventually enabling us to achieve our net zero targets.  We are delighted with the contribution our apprentices have made so far and we are excited to see the long-term effects they have on Vital Energi and the wider green energy sector.”

Vital Energi will begin their Apprenticeship recruitment programme for 2023 on the 31st of October this year; offering new recruits the opportunities within both the craft and technical pathways.  Assessment days will be taking place early next year and you can find out more about the green apprenticeships programme here.

Apprentices spend “block” training periods in various different departments/ functions (including working on actual operational sites), which in turn allows them the exposure and the ability to gain a better understanding of the work Vital Energi does throughout its business.

Early next year, we will also be holding an Open Day at Vital Energi for local schools and prospective candidates to attend, to see what Vital has to offer regarding Apprenticeships across the business.

To conclude, we’re delighted that our 2021 apprentice intake produced a winner of the Technical Apprentice of the Year (Level 3-4) prize at the CIBSE Young Engineers Awards 2022.  Our aim and ambition is to continue with this success, by developing and empowering future candidates in meeting the needs and ability of Vital Energi and the industry as a whole.

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