Scottish Power issues skills warning over energy sector

Scotland's energy sector is facing a major skills shortage in the future, Scottish Power has warned.

The warning came as the energy firm revealed 80% of its engineers were due to retire within the next 20 years.

It called for planning now to ensure the industry attracted sufficient numbers of young graduates.

Scottish Power suggested more schoolchildren should be encouraged to study subjects such as science and maths.

It also said university students should be convinced that the energy sector could offer rewarding and challenging job opportunities.

The electricity industry in Scotland is facing a period of unprecedented change.

The growth in renewable power, the development of carbon capture and storage technology, and the introduction of so-called "smart grids" are set to revolutionise the sector.

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