Increased competition for skills within the engineering construction industry and across sectors has highlighted the need for Connected Competence, which will increase the mobility and transferability of the workforce through standardised process and tests.

This base technical standard is required for the continued development of offshore wind, hydrogen, carbon capture and storage, nuclear new build, and decommissioning, as well as the ongoing oil and gas activities in the UK offshore energy sector. It will help clients, contractors, and individuals to mobilise quicker, support the safety case, and achieve cost efficiencies through increased quality standards. It will also prevent the mobilisation of unskilled labour.  

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Energy Skills Passport

OPITO is helping to lead the collaborative efforts with other sector skills bodies in the development of the Energy Skills Passport, a digital pathway for workers to pursue flexible careers across the offshore energy industry. By displaying an individual worker’s current qualifications and the required credentials to transition into another energy sector, the passport streamlines the transfer of skills and addresses the lack of recognition of cross-sector skills.

The technical standard of Connected Competence is recognised and integrated with the Energy Skills Passport through Connected Digital Badges, supporting the commitments of the North Sea Transition Deal and several of the Scottish Government’s Just Transition Outcomes.

Find out more about the work of the Energy Skills Alliance and read how the Energy Skills Passport is enabling ways for workers to pursue flexible careers across the offshore energy industry.

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