Op-ed: ‘Changing How We Think About Learning Can Save the World’

By Peter Tipler, X-Academy
Op-ed: ‘Changing How We Think About Learning Can Save the World’

Led by Xodus with support from BP, EnBW and the North East Economic Recovery & Skills Fund, X-Academy offers training opportunities to work directly on initiatives to reduce emissions and accelerate efforts within the energy sector toward net zero. (Source: X-Academy)

The energy industry has always championed recruiting and molding fresh talent. From our very early years, STEM learning is encouraged and nurtured at school, and for those who go on to study these subjects further at university or college, opportunities to put these skills into practice at work placements are aplenty. 

The energy industry, which has long spoken of skills shortages, is home to some of the best graduate schemes that promise opportunities in growing and developing minds, alongside attractive salaries. But there is a downfall of this. For far too long, the sector has recruited graduates and trained them for the future, based on the business needs of the present. 

This isn’t a strategy that will lead to success for two key reasons.

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