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.
- 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.
- GCSEs in English, maths and science will help get you into this sector. All other GCSE subjects will be useful too.
- At 16 you could do A Levels, which are general academic subjects or develop your knowledge and skills for this sector through an apprenticeship/traineeship or through a vocational qualification.
- At 18 or 19 you could do a higher education/degree level course, with 8 out of 10 A Level students choosing this pathway and half of all BTEC National students. However there are also other routes into your chosen career - through apprenticeships and vocational qualifications.
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
- To find out more about the qualifications needed in this sector visit:
- To find out what A Levels you need to study chemistry or engineering.
- To find out whether there is an apprenticeship training course related to sustainable energy that might suit you.
- To search for an apprenticeship vacancy available now related to energy, across England.(you need a vacancy to be able to apply)
- To find apprenticeship vacancies near you. There are other ways to look for an apprenticeship too.
- To find a vocational course related to sustainable energy at a college (also check the college's website to get the latest list of courses)
- To find an university level course related to sustainable energy.
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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.