Energy Learning and Development Community

November 19th 2019 saw the inaugural meeting of the Energy Learning and Development Community at the Uniper Engineering Academy. With representation from Drax, Engie, Viridor, Siemens and Uniper, the members used the time to discuss the future of Learning and Development in the power and energy sector and the hurdles we expect to have to overcome in the coming years. Topics ranged from apprentices, to supporting the development of workforce members who are approaching the end of their careers, also the impact of Industry 4.0 and how the digital revolution will continue to shape roles, learning and the way in which people develop at work.

“This was the first forum that Uniper have developed and held for the energy L&D community and it was well worth attending. It’s been a great opportunity to meet likeminded individuals who work in a similar position to me, facing similar challenges so being able to share knowledge of these issues has been invaluable. We used this first meeting to establish a purpose which all agreed is to have an influential voice for L&D individuals in the energy industry, establishing a network that will shape the future of learning in the sector. Clearly, there are imminent hurdles to overcome which were discussed at great length and some interesting ideas that were put forwards. I’m really excited to see what this group can achieve.” Mark Poole, Training Partner Energy, Viridor.

We were treated to a key-note presentation by Paul Thompson, Training Manager from Drax Power Limited, who shared the story behind their L&D team transformation to work more effectively in areas such as Power Plant Operations training, communication, competency assurance, digital and processes. The session closed with an open discussion about how best to take the community forward to meet the needs of the energy sector into the next decade.

Thank you to all community members who attended and those who have expressed an interest, we’re looking forward to seeing you at the next one.  

The community is open to L&D professionals from across the energy sector so if you’re interested in being kept informed of the next session in 2020, let us know!