The energy sector employs about 2% of the total workforce on the planet. This means more than 65 million people are joining an employment landscape that is being massively disrupted as a result of the energy transition.
But while advances like AI and automation make some of today’s jobs obsolete, these technologies, combined with new net-zero innovations, enhance human skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, and social awareness. We are creating new jobs that focus on
“People-centering employment growth is key to the global energy transition,” notes a recent report. The International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy Industry Employment Report predicts a rapidly changing workforce-related opportunity and challenge. As the global energy sector evolves.
Energy sector actors must develop these skill sets for a successful energy transition.
The Need for Innovation and Critical Thinking
The increasingly high-tech energy sector relies heavily on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) expertise. But it’s not just having that kind of knowledge that counts. Rather, it is the ability to apply that knowledge in ways that can develop the innovative solutions needed to reach net zero.
For this, Mitsubishi Power, the power solutions brand of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), supports initiatives such as the annual SECME Regional Contest held at the University of Central Florida.challenges children ages 6 to 18 with a series of STEM-related tasks that help build problem-solving skills.
The event brings together partner schools, universities, industry and government to Motivate, guide and encourage young people to engage in STEM learning programs and achieve excellence.especially students with various disabilities, from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds.
Such community support can help foster STEM expertise and critical thinking, ultimately unlocking the innovation needed to decarbonize all aspects of the energy supply chain.
Collaboration is key
Employees are expected to improve both their IQ and EQ. — Emotional Quotient, or Emotional Intelligence. It is the ability to relate to others and adapt to a rapidly changing employment environment.
Cooperation will be a key component of the industry’s efforts to transition from fossil fuels to low carbon fuels. Employees who can positively understand and manage their emotions, communicate effectively, and empathize with others are best suited to manage new projects and situations.
Increased social awareness
Understanding how energy projects impact the environment and communities is also becoming increasingly important for energy companies, with people with social awareness and social responsibility skills gaining potential employers. will be highly sought after from Companies that adopt the right social values will be better able to attract today’s ethical graduates.
As part of this, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group and others are working to strengthen their sustainability management systems. Establish a dedicated Sustainability Relations Department, add a Materiality Council and a Sustainability Committee to address social sustainability challenges..
Decarbonization is a key priority for the company, Efforts toward “MISSION NET ZERO” as a Group-wide priority issue The progress of this initiative is monitored by the Materiality Council.
Such a move could help prepare today’s workforce for the new challenges and opportunities created by efforts to embrace net zero emissions.
The intensifying global quest to “go green”, the rise of smarter technologies, new and more stringent environmental requirements, and rising expectations of sustainability from an increasingly conscious consumer base are driving The competition for acquisition is intensifying.
By investing in skills and training programs to prepare their staff for the future, companies that can anticipate such changes are best positioned to maximize opportunities in the rapidly evolving energy sector. There will be