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

Gabriele Comodi, Luca Cioccolanti*, Khamid Mahkamov, Roger Penlington, Magin Lapuerta, Juan José Hernandez, Electo Eduardo Silva Lora, Osvaldo Venturini, Vladimir Rafael Melian Cobas, Jose Carlos Escobar Palacio, Francisco Gaudêncio Mendonça Freires, Ednildo Andrade Torres, Julio Augusto Mendes Da Silva, Viatcheslav Kafarov, Jorge Luis Chacon Velasco, Javier Enrique Solano Martinez, Gladys Yolanda Lizarazo Salcedo, Iván David Serna Suárez, Rene Lesme Jaen, Josue Imbert GonzalezMaria Fernandez, Luis Jerónimo Garcia Faure, Deny Oliva-Merencio, Ileana Pereda Reyes, Joel Morales Salas, Cesar Cisneros Ramírez

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1135-1140
Number of pages6
JournalEnergy Procedia
Volume158
Early online date15 Mar 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event10th International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE 2018 - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 22 Aug 201825 Aug 2018

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