Resources: People & skills

Central to creating the smart city, fuelled by integrated and applied technology, Glasgow offers a well-trained workforce that can handle the coming wave of green jobs.

Currently, 4,400 people work in Glasgow’s energy sector (Scottish Government). On average, labour costs are 13% lower than in Aberdeen, 12% lower than Edinburgh and 34% lower than London (FDI Benchmark).

Second only to London, Glasgow has 9,000 students undertaking courses within the energy engineering sector with 3,000 students graduating each year (HESA) and an additional 3,300 further education students learning within other engineering-related disciplines (Scottish Enterprise).

Energy Skills Scotland (ESS) is a collaboration beween the Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland and industry to bring energy training and resources together in one place. EES ensures the energy industry has a workforce with the skills that it needs by providing greater access to skills development and training. The availability of future-orientated, qualified workers is key to Scotland’s competitiveness and its growth as a renewable energies leader.


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