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Vattenfall Joint Ventureto connect with 1000 young people in 2024

For Scotland to reach net zero by 2045, 22,500 jobs in the low carbon energy sector need to be filled over the next five years. As part of the Midlothian Energy Limited Joint Venture, Vattenfall and Midlothian Council will work with Powering Futures and Edinburgh Science to deliver a skills programme that aims to connect with 1000 young people in 2024.   Midlothian Energy Limited’s presence in Midlothian is an opportunity to help support its former mining communities with a new source of heat, a poetic parallel to their legacy, while giving local young people the chance to be part of this journey.   Providing pathways to employment and inspiring young people is crucial to supporting those communities. It is also critical to delivering Scotland’s net zero by 2045 targets. This skills programme aims to help inspire young people into science and engineering and introduce the concepts of district heating. It will be an ongoing annual commitment to enable the full benefits of investment, including creating apprenticeships and jobs in the local community.   Thought to be a first for Scotland, the District Heating Career Pathway Programme (DHCPP) has been funded by Vattenfall, who will work with Midlothian Council, Edinburgh Science and Powering Futures to make it happen. The programme will deliver the jobs, work experience and apprenticeship commitments that Vattenfall made when entering into the Midlothian Energy Limited Joint Venture.   This educational outreach will be a long-term commitment to empower and inspire the next generation to work in low carbon heating and renewable energy. The programme will be offered to both high schools and all primary schools in the Midlothian area initially, with the intention of expanding to other schools beyond Midlothian.   Vattenfall is proud of progressing Scotland’s most significant district heating network to decarbonise and regenerate Midlothian, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. To ensure a sustainable future for generations to come, the industry needs support in creating the skills needed to deliver low carbon infrastructure. This is why Vattenfall is giving back to the community and is investing in the future of communities, young people, and the district heating industry.   Find out more about our Partner’s exciting projects here: https://group.vattenfall.com/

To reach net zero by 2045, 22,500² jobs in the low carbon energy sector need to be filled over the next five years, meaning Scotland needs to start building the work force of the future now. That is exactly what we want to support with this programme.

We’re so proud to be part of this exciting collaboration that aims to empower and inspire young people into low carbon careers where they can really make a difference.

Eoghan Maguire, Director of Heat Networks – Scotland at Vattenfall Heat UK

This is a great example of partnership working that will allow our young people to take advantage of the science and technology expertise on our doorstep, helping them towards skilled and better paid jobs in the future.

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Ellen Scott

This project not only has significant community and energy benefits, but it is deliberately supporting the workforce of tomorrow to develop the skills they need to ensure they can thrive. It’s the organisations that are investing in their future employees that are going to have the most success in years to come. That’s why we are excited to be collaborating with Vattenfall and other local partners to make this happen.

David Reid, Co-founder at Powering Futures

We are thrilled to be invited to join this innovative partnership with Vattenfall and Midlothian Council, in order to inspire the next generation with the wonder of science, engineering and future technologies. Tackling the climate emergency is core to this generation’s future, and at the heart of Edinburgh Science’s work. This project will ensure that young people are gaining the skills and knowledge for future jobs to tackle issues influencing our world, and will make a positive impact on our planet for everyone.

Laura McLister, Head of Learning at Edinburgh Science

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