projects around the UK have sought to raise awareness
of renewable energy issues.
UK Government provided £1 million funding
through the DTI's Foresight 'Scolar' photovoltaic
programme to promote green energy technology to
young people in practical ways. It brings full
- scale solar electricity to schools throughout
the UK. It provides students with hands-on experience
of leading edge solar energy technology linked
to computers to monitor the
people will opt for careers in engineering if
they understand the part it can play in securing
a fairer, greener, richer Britain" said the
UK Energy Minister launching
initiative in schools relates to Increasing career
opportunities. "One of the things we have
tried to do" said the Mininster "is
to encourage young people to learn how energy
will be generated in this new century so that
they can start to look at the new sciences and
indeed the new industries that they will work
in and develop".
employment opportunities are opening up for young
people in the Sustainable energy technology field
in the UK . There is a new more positive attitude
to science and technology being engendered by
the advent of these Technologies. The current
generation of school leavers are very keen to
get into 'green' careers.
Hough is a recent graduate working for an environmental
consultancy - "It really is a young person's
industry and it's an industry for both men and
women. I think it's really important that women
are Not put off going into this area because of
The whole engineering background. We
Need more women in engineering. So go for it!"
County Council has converted the first school
in the country to be heated and cooled by geothermal
energy. Durham County Council has converted one
of its schools to run almost exclusively by wind
are many undergraduate degree courses at British
Universities which include renewable energy as
well as energy management and environmental technology.
Dr. David Infield is Director of the Centre for
Renewable Energy System Technology at Loughborough
"There are sufficient jobs out there now
to lap up all our graduates and more."