AREG Webinar – Which skills will be fundamental in the energy future?

March 17, 2021
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Date(s) - March 17, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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A full recording from this webinar is available below:

Join us on this webinar to hear from our experts who will discuss the opportunities for transferrable skills within the energy transition.

About this Event

Following this month’s Budget announcement of £27 million for the Aberdeen Energy Transition Zone and £5 million for the Global Underwater Hub, Aberdeen is becoming a pivotal area for energy transition developments.

As we move towards this transition, we need to ensure that there is a stream of new talent for the future net zero supply chain. In the North East, the highly developed skillsets from decades in the North Sea will be vital in creating new solutions for the renewables sector.

In our latest webinar, representatives from Skills Development Scotland, Maersk Training and OPITO will discuss transferrable skills, training opportunities and the new resources that are available as the energy mix diversifies.

Date: Wednesday 17th March

Time: 14.00 – 15.00 GMT



Jenny MacDonald – Sector Development and Skills Planning Manager (Oil and Gas) – Skills Development Scotland

James Costello – Senior Sales Manager, UK Renewables – Maersk Training

Alex Spencer – Director – OPITO

Facilitator – Gordon McIntosh, AREG board member


About AREG

As the original energy transition organisation, AREG is working on behalf of our 180+ member companies to champion the north east so that businesses are well placed to seize new opportunities.

AREG aligns these opportunities with capabilities in the supply chain, supports renewable energy businesses and facilitates the transfer of technology, skills, and expertise from oil & gas.

Find out more about AREG membership here –

Get in touch

AREG is the original energy transition organisation, working on behalf of members to empower the energy supply chain and champion its expertise. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more about membership.

AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

Scottish Renewables

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.


Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.


Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

Scottish Enterprise