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Addressing the skills gap for a competitive new energy future

Scotland Europa

Monday, October 25, 2010 from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM (BST)

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Organised under the headline "Europe in my region" of the EU Committee of the Regions' Open Days 2010, this event will explore the needs and ways forward to develop the necessary skills base for a competitive offshore renewables industry in Scotland, and for Europe.

Hosted in Aberdeen, the centre of the UK’s oil and gas industry, the session will discuss the transferability of skills between the conventional offshore energy sector and the new, renewable technologies which the city is strongly engaged in developing. In addition to examining the skills gap for mature technologies such as offshore wind turbines, discussions will also cover the potential synergies to ensure the skills base is in place for developing sectors such as wave and tidal energy.

Given the clear value of EU level cooperation, collaboration and support in addressing a skills deficit for the new energy future, participants will discuss how best to progress efforts in this area with partner regions in Europe.

Panel discussion sessions will address three key aspects for skills development for the new energy future:


§  Establishing a supportive policy framework and future strategy

§  Delivering the right skills base

§  Practical actions


Monday 25 October 2010

Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre | Aberdeen

10:30 – 10:50

Coffee and registration

10:50 – 11:00

Welcome and introduction

§         Event Chair: Jeremy Cresswell, Chair, Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group

11:00 – 12:00

Session one: Establishing a supportive policy framework

§         Robin Presswood, Chairman, Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group

§        Robert Orr, Strategic Relations Manager - Energy,  Skills Development Scotland

§         Dave Valentine, Head of Economic Development, Angus Council

§         Jim Brown, Head of the Whitlock Energy Collaboration Centre, Carnegie College & Chair of the Forum for Renewable Energy Development Scotland (FREDS) Skills Group


12:00 – 13:00

Session two: Delivering the right skills base

§        Darah Zahran, Scottish Manager, Energy & Utility Skills Council

§        Kevin Moran, Strategy and Business Development Manager, Wood Group

§        Roddy Scott, Renewables and Energy Development Manager, Angus College

§       Chris Ashe, Director - Innovation and Technology, Dundee College


13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:00

Case studies: Learning from European partners

§         Power Cluster

Ian Fisher, Northumberland College

§         Windskill

Gerard McGovern, MCG Europe consulting

15:00 – 15:20

Case study: Supply chain management initiative in Scotland

§         Dr Alan Owen, Director, Centre for Understanding Sustainable Practice, The Robert Gordon University

, 15:20 – 15:30

Conclusions & close

§         Jeremy Cresswell, Chair, Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group



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Other events currently being organised by ESEC and Scotland Europa:
Territorial Cooperation Seminar Monday 22 November in Perth

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When & Where

Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre
Exhibition Av
Bridge of Don
AB23 8BL Aberdeen
United Kingdom

Monday, October 25, 2010 from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM (BST)

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Scotland Europa

Scotland Europa is a membership-based organisation that promotes Scotland's interests across the institutions of the European Union and to the representatives of Europe’s regions and Member States. We help Scottish organisations foster successful European relationships, providing guidance on European policies and funding. In addition Scotland House provides excellent conference centre facilities, offering an ideal location for hosting events with both Scottish and European focus.

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