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Low-carbon sector looks to skills of ex-armed forces

An industry awareness day takes place on Thursday aimed at helping former armed forces personnel get work in the low-carbon vehicle industry following the first tranche of the Armed Forces Redundancy Programme.

Ex-service personnel have been identified as being able to offer the kind of advanced engineering skills and experience now being sought within Britain’s low-carbon vehicle technology industry. 

The kinds of position available include those relating to vehicle technology development and manufacturing, infrastructure deployment and engineering maintenance and support.

Devised by CENEX, the awareness day will take place at the Rockingham Race Circuit in Northamptonshire and is part of LCV2011. Taking place on 7–8 September, LCV2011 will address how the UK can maintain its current leading position in the development and adoption of low-carbon vehicle technology.

The first day of the LCV2011 conference will focus on sustainable growth within the automotive supply chain, while the second day will address the sustainable market uptake of low-carbon vehicles and the associated supporting infrastructure.

CENEX maintains that the UK can become a global leader in the development, manufacture and use of low-carbon vehicles, but only if there is consistent collaboration and investment from industry, government and early adopters. 

Launched in July 2011, the Evelio is a British built electric Supercar developed by a small and dedicated team in Andover, Hants

Launched in July 2011, the Evelio is a British-built electric supercar developed by a small and dedicated team in Andover, Hampshire

Still with alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) and news that the grounds of Battersea Power Station are the location for EcoVelocity, a green vehicle festival taking place on 8-11 September.

Publicity material states that EcoVelocity will see car makers showcase their latest green models and will include electric and hybrid cars and those with very low emissions, which are often exempt from paying car tax and congestion charging zones. Each car maker will allow interested visitors to get their hands on new technology cars by offering test drives.

Visitors to Battersea will be able to take a look at the array of AFVs on display, including the iRacer, the Tesla Roadster and the Evelio, a UK supercar that can do 0–60mph in 3.2 seconds and travels an average of 150 miles between charges.

Energy is firmly on the agenda at the Royal Academy of Engineering, which launches its 2011 series of debates this evening by looking at issues resulting from the non-uniform distribution of energy resources across the globe.

The Royal Academy of Engineering says it will hold three debates that will bring together industry leaders, policy makers, engineers and economists.

The Natural Resources in the Global Economy debates follow last year’s series on Competing in the Global Economy.

The motion to be addressed at this first debate is: ‘This house believes that technology will play a greater role than governments in tackling the problems caused by the non-uniform global distribution of energy resources.’

What do you think? Let us know via the ‘Have your say’ facility at the bottom of the page.

Finally, Switzerland is currently hosting the World Engineers Convention (WEC), an event that started yesterday and finishes this Friday.

Engineers, policy makers and representatives of research and industry from all over the world have convened to discuss one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century: the energy challenge.

According to the organisers, WEC 2011 will pool the know-how and experience of more than 2,000 experts to encourage the sustainable use of energy. It will identify future-proof solutions in areas such as mobility, urban development, energy conversion and distribution, renewable energy and rational end use.

Readers' comments (4)

  • I think that it is fantastic to see that the Low Carbon sector can recognise the invaluable contribution that members of our armed forces can make.
    Guaranteed is a workforce of men and woman who will bring standards of workmanship second to none, a willingness to get on with the job in hand to successful conclusion, self motivation and a 'one team' ethic that will reap benefits.

    I see nothing but positives for all involved.

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  • Excellent idea bringing the ex servicemen to gainful employment civi side. How many of the "redundant" personnel will be suited to these engineering biased jobs? Most of the servicemen I know are soldiers. Not many are technical people. As usual, I fear that there is just a bit of propaganda going on here. Will there be enough technicians "let go" from the services to make this an ex-servicemen opportunity?

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  • When my sons were growing up, I used to describe to them my contention that almost everything done by a civil servant of whatever stripe would have a built-in stupidity factor: ie not optimised as staff in a commercial organisation would strive to achieve. I also advised them that in my experience, it was wise to disbelieve on principle any and all statements on any subject from any part of Government and the administration of the State. They surely thought what a cynic their father was. Now they are practicing Engineers they suggest that that I did not go far enough! Only Engineers -we who have the privilege of applying Science- will really 'solve' present problems: go to it!

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  • In response to two of the above. I am an ex-military technician engineer from the RAF. Following my career I entered work as an engineer in the oil industry, not only did I find the industry full of ex-military but the Oil and gas industry actively seeks ex-miltary for many reasons but primarily they have a work ethic and fastidiousness not found in personnel who have only work in civilian realms.

    On a personal note the transition to civilian engineering required a skill set I did not have but thanks to my military adaptabilty quickly gained. I can't be going far wrong having been promoted through the company and actively sought out by managers. A similar story for my ex-colleagues.

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