New energy

Getting in

Are you interested in working in a new and fast moving career area, which is developing new technologies to overcome environment and energy issues?

Are you passionate about finding ways to preserve resources and look after the planet?

Then a job in the new energy sector might be for you.

Key facts

  • New energy can be found in many sectors of industry and can be based in a wide variety of places. You could be based in an office, out on a construction site, in a laboratory, have to go into peoples’ homes, or be outdoors studying the environment and our impact on it.
  • The conversion to new energy is a big challenge that could take many years. But in addition to protecting the future of our planet, it will also create many job opportunities.
  • The South West is the first region in the country to be designated as a Marine Energy Park and is seeking innovative ways to use the full range of its outstanding natural resources. The region has high levels of wind, wave and tidal energies, some of the best solar radiation in the UK, and extensive rural and woodland areas for biomass.
  • Future South states ‘there is a growing “green economy” with many strengths emerging in research & development, environmental technologies, energy, waste and construction.

Routes into this sector

There are various types of qualifications available at different levels.

There are jobs in this sector which require few qualifications to start where you will receive training on the job through an apprenticeship or vocational course at a college, but for some jobs like chemical engineer you will have to do a degree.

Use the Course Search

Use the relevant search options on our Course Search to find college and university courses as well as vacancies for apprenticeships.

More help finding courses and training

Do a free, short, online course to find out more (looks great on your CV too!)

Future Learn have lots of free, short, online courses that will improve your knowledge of this job sector and improve your chances of landing your dream job. See what courses related to sustainable energy are on offer.

Spotlight on degree courses in new energy.

This is an exciting and fairly new job sector. There are degree courses being developed related to new energy, also many engineering degree courses provide a good entry qualification for this sector. 

Example courses include:

  • Renewable energy and carbon management Courses in this area will enable  you to study the rapid development of carbon management and renewable energy technologies. These courses recognise the importance of being able to quantify, plan for and manage the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, whether in communities or private or public sector organisations. You could study this type of degree at Cornwall College or the University of Exeter.
  • Biofuels engineering
 Many agriculture and land management degrees now have a biofuels component, but they are more likely to focus on how to grow and process different types of fuel. For the more complex field of second-generation biofuels, you might be better taking a degree in biotechnology. The University of Bristol runs a BSc Biochemistry with Microbiology and Biotechnology. 

  • Nuclear engineering You do not need a degree in nuclear physics to become a nuclear engineer. There are a number of relevant qualifications offered by universities in the field of nuclear science and engineering. Bridgwater College offer a Foundation Degree in Nuclear Engineering.

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