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UKLPG welcomes UKCES energy sector skills report

The UKs Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (UKLPG) has welcomed the findings of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) report into the energy sector, released last week (25 March). The review, which outlined a growing industry employing more than 169,000 people and contributing in excess of 95 billion to the UK economy, called for a focus on collaboration, up-skilling and knowledge transfer.

UKLPG’s own member research has echoed these findings, with the Energy & Utility (EU) Skills: UKLPG Member Survey, identifying the creation of an LP Gas talent bank to harness a pool of potential recruits, more practical work experience and job-related training and further government funding and support to allow LP Gas companies to recruit more apprentices into the industry

Additionally, with UK unemployment levels continuing to fall*, UKLPG has confirmed that more than two thirds of its members expect to recruit within the next two to three years. This will see the creation of more than 500 jobs across office and driver roles in addition to design, gas service, LP Gas vessel and technical project engineering positions.

Over half of UKLPG’s members have recruited extensively in recent years with specific technical roles including cylinder filling operatives and LP Gas routers, in addition to ADR, LP Gas and tanker drivers, as well as a wide range of office and warehouse-based positions. Approximately 32% of this recruitment has led to the creation of new jobs, rather than replacing an existing member of staff.

Rob Shuttleworth, chief executive of UKLPG, said: "Many headlines would have you believe the outlook for the oil and gas sector is all doom and gloom. However, through our trade partnerships and our recruitment focus, we hope to show that there are still plenty of opportunities for the talented engineers, technicians and salespeople of today and tomorrow to thrive in the exciting environment that is the LP Gas industry.

“As part of our campaign to demonstrate how exciting a career in the LP Gas sector can be, we are working to raise the profile of LP Gas as a versatile and flexible fuel, and call on the government to support our future growth by providing additional funding for apprentices hoping to work in this sector.

“We have also partnered with EU Skills and other organisations, such as the Boat Safety Scheme, to broaden expertise and education around LP Gas. This includes developing courses and training which will be rolled out over the coming 12 months.”

UKLPG represents 95% of the total LP Gas sales in the UK, employing circa 10,000 people. The sector contributes £750 million to the UK economy each year.