Analysis of labour market needs for engineers with enhanced knowledge in renewable energy in some European and Latin-American Countries

Comodi, Gabriele, Cioccolanti, Luca, Mahkamov, Khamid, Penlington, Roger, Lapuerta, Magin, Hernandez, Juan José, Silva Lora, Electo Eduardo, Venturini, Osvaldo, Melian Cobas, Vladimir Rafael, Escobar Palacio, Jose Carlos, Mendonça Freires, Francisco Gaudêncio, Torres, Ednildo Andrade, da Silva, Julio Augusto Mendes, Kafarov, Viatcheslav, Chacon Velasco, Jorge Luis, Solano Martinez, Javier Enrique, Lizarazo Salcedo, Gladys Yolanda, Serna Suárez, Iván David, Jaen, Rene Lesme, Gonzalez, Josue Imbert, Fernandez, Maria, Garcia Faure, Luis Jerónimo, Oliva-Merencio, Deny, Reyes, Ileana Pereda, Salas, Joel Morales and Ramírez, Cesar Cisneros (2019) Analysis of labour market needs for engineers with enhanced knowledge in renewable energy in some European and Latin-American Countries. Energy Procedia, 158. pp. 1135-1140. ISSN 1876-6102

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Abstract

One of the main challenges related to the renewable energy labour market is that of human capital and as a consequence the educational profile of future employees is of paramount importance. Unfortunately, the skill level gained at University does not always fit with the practical needs of industry thus reducing the benefit-cost ratio of new employees and slowing down the transition to a green economy. Within this context, ‘The Crux’ project co-funded by EU under the framework of the Erasmus + programme aims at improving the renewable energy engineering curriculum at different university levels in several Universities of Latin America and Europe. In order to better appreciate the potential impact of the project, a survey on the labour market need for specialists with enhanced knowledge and skills in renewable and sustainable energy technologies has been conducted in the related EU and Latin America countries. More precisely, 60 organizations have been interviewed and almost 70% of them are interested in employing engineers with enhanced knowledge on renewable energy in the next three years. The analysis has shown significant discrepancies between EU and Latin American organizations. In fact, while future employees in EU countries will be mainly related to solar energy and management, the former together with wind and biomass will represent the main renewable energy working sector in Latin American countries. Moreover, MSc level will be the most demanded in EU while bachelor education seems to satisfy the future industry requirements in Latin America. Despite each country having its own needs, the research carried out under this EU project confirms the potential of renewable energy education on the global labour market in the near future.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: training and education; engineering; renewable energy technologies; sustainable energy technologies; green economy
Subjects: H900 Others in Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2019 15:31
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 08:36
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/39101

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