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Energy and Utility Skills – Introduction to energy and utility sectors


  • E-learning
  • Consultancy/research
Walkgrove developed the online part of a blended trainer skills programme offered by the Low Carbon Energy and Marine Power Institute, introducing the key functions of the energy and utility sector from an environmental perspective.

The training need

Energy and Utility Skills, in conjunction with the Welsh Government, worked to establish a Low Carbon Energy and Marine Power Institute in Wales, funded by the European Social Fund. They identified as a priority the development of a blended skills programme for educators who provide training to the energy sector, such as further education tutors. The skills programme needed to increase awareness and understanding of the energy and utility sector from a low carbon and environmentally sustainable perspective and offer sector educators the chance to gain a qualification in this topic.

The e-learning component of the blended programme needed to offer context and background for the wider skills programme, which would include two or three days of classroom training. The target audience included a wide range of educators, some of whom would have no experience or expertise in the energy sector.

Our bespoke e-learning solution

Walkgrove created a suite of five custom e-learning modules that gave learners a clear and easy-to-understand introduction to the power, gas, water and waste and recycling industries. Each industry is covered within a short 25-minute module, including the key functions and activities within each industry and focusing on environmental considerations. For example, the module on power covers supply security and renewable energy generation techniques, while the water module explains the supply of safe drinking water and the key processes for wastewater treatment. The modules also explains the regulations applicable to each industry in order to protect public health and the environment.

Learning screens split key information into easily digestible categories and steps while diagrams, photography and exploratory images are used to help simplify processes and technical information for learners. Regular knowledge check activities include labelling, sorting and quick quiz questions, further helping learners to consolidate their understanding. A comprehensive end-of-module assessment enables learners to validate their achievement and prove successful completion of the e-learning component of the training skills programme.