Emerging skills to support the transition to net zero

Event Date:

October 12, 2022

Event Time:

9:00 am

Event Location:

NA College

To meet net zero carbon commitments, the UK needs to invest in technologies for electrification, meaning many employers and employees will need to up-skill, re-skill and new-skill to meet the emerging demand.

The NEAA, in partnership with North East Institute of Technology (NEIoT), will host this interactive session for industry and education providers to collaborate and collectively address the future skills needs to ensure the UK is at the forefront of the electric revolution.

Industry engagement is vital in shaping the skills and training demand. This session will enable employers to work in partnership with Institute of Technology training providers to steer funding opportunities, whilst learning more about current available training.

You will hear from the leader of the National Skills Delivery for Electrification who will talk about the national plan for electrification skills, which will provide a workforce with the required skills and capabilities to deliver the sectoral technology roadmaps. The session will also look at the regional plan for electrification skills and how the sector can work together to address higher level technical education to help close skills gaps in key STEM areas.


08:45: Registration

09:15: North East Electrification Overview – Paul Butler, CEO, NEAA

09:25: Skills Requirements in the North East – Matt Boyle, Chairman, NEAA

09.45: The National Plan for Electrification Skills – Paul Whiteside, National Skills Delivery Community for Electrification

10:00: Audience Poll, Coffee Break & Networking

10.30: Audience Poll Feedback

10.40: Overview and Priorities (NEIoT) – Sharon Grant, Director of North-East Institute of Technology, New College Durham

11:00: The Emerging Skills Agenda:

  • PEMD – Rachel Chambers, Chief Operating Officer, Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centre North East
  • The Emerging Green Skills Challenge (Electrification and Battery Manufacturing) – Iain Nixon, Vice Principal Partnerships and Commercial (Group), Education Partnership North East
  • Nissan Sustainability – Claire Curtis, Production Control Manager, NMUK
  • NA College – Electric Vehicle evolution to support the sustainability agenda – Michael Cromarty, Electrification Lead

12:00: Panel Q&A – Chaired by Paul Butler, CEO, NEAA

12.25: Closing comments

12.30: Networking Lunch


The session is open to all companies in the automotive sector and those in education.



  • NA College
  • 1 Spire Road
  • Washington
  • NE37 3ES

Event Schedule Details

  • October 12, 2022 9:00 am   -   1:00 pm
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