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Skills and recruitment must form key part of UK battery strategy

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As the Government prepares the UK’s first-ever battery strategy, consideration must be given to how we are going to provide the quality and quantity of workers needed to secure the future of this vital industry. Lee Elwell, Associate Director and energy specialist at Jonathan Lee Recruitment caught up with the team at SG Voice recently to discuss why recruitment is so important.

· The UK is well behind in the race to make the amount of batteries needed to power electric vehicles and store the renewable energy we are generating

· Massive industry expansion must be based on a robust skills and recruitment strategy

· Businesses need to start planning now to prepare for their future staffing needs

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Batteries and battery storage are vital for net zero

Battery design, manufacture and recycling, whether for powering vehicles or storing renewable energy, plays an essential role in meeting net zero targets.

But the massive expansion of the industry needs to be underpinned by a solid and sustainable supply chain if it is to become a genuine success story for the UK, and indeed the future of the planet.

This can’t be achieved without a robust plan for skills and recruitment.

The recent call for evidence by the Department of Business and Trade to help form a UK battery strategy is welcome news. The strategy is being billed as something that will create a thriving and effective battery industry for the future – and it’s the ‘future’ part that is key.

Making battery investments count

Investment in battery development for electric vehicles and energy storage has been significant in the UK in recent years. And we know it’s needed. A recent report by the Faraday Institution found over… continue reading


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