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Just Transition to a low-carbon career

What is the Just Transition? 

A just transition seeks to reach net zero in the fairest way possible for working people, consumers and their communities, ensuring that the benefits of climate action are shared widely whilst preventing an unfair burden of the costs on those with the least. 

For over 10 years, SSE has been transitioning from an energy company with a mix of electricity generation technologies, to one increasingly dominated by renewable energy growth. In the next decade and beyond, SSE’s remaining high-carbon activities will either come to the end of their natural life or will be repurposed for a net zero world. 

We were the first company to produce a Just Transition Strategy  and in 2021 we published our five key actions to support the worker transition

 

 

 

1 in 5 SSE employees have made the move from high-carbon jobs

From health and safety to project management, workers in high-carbon industries have a wealth of skills and knowledge transferable to low-carbon roles. At our Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm as many as two thirds of the control room staff are former oil and gas workers.

In 2021 we surveyed our employees to learn more about how we could help people transition to green jobs. Better long-term career prospects, environmental considerations, learning new skills and a better work-life balance were among some of their reasons for switching to a low-carbon career. 

Avatar: Kylie Cassidy Kylie Cassidy

"After being in oil and gas for more than five years, I decided I wanted a new challenge and SSE seemed the perfect opportunity. Making the switch to Beatrice I’ve really enjoyed working in a dynamic, ever changing and challenging environment."

Avatar: Stuart Hatch Stuart Hatch

“Joining the team at Beatrice I’ve used quite a lot skills from my previous roles. I was initially an electrician offshore before moving into production
operations, control room and in then into supervisory roles, so the skills are definitely transferable. Renewables is certainly the way forward. Oil and gas is undoubtedly on the decline whilst renewables are on the way up. Beatrice has been an excellent place to come and work.”

Avatar: Kylie Cassidy Kylie Cassidy

“Joining the team at Beatrice I’ve used quite a lot skills from my previous roles. I was initially an electrician offshore before moving into production
operations, control room and in then into supervisory roles, so the skills are definitely transferable. Renewables is certainly the way forward. Oil and gas is undoubtedly on the decline whilst renewables are on the way up. Beatrice has been an excellent place to come and work.”

Avatar: Stuart Hatch Stuart Hatch

"After being in oil and gas for more than five years, I decided I wanted a new challenge and SSE seemed the perfect opportunity. Making the switch to Beatrice I’ve really enjoyed working in a dynamic, ever changing and challenging environment."

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