The company offers training in the field of mechatronics and technical product design, enabling young professionals to gain skills and qualifications in the fast-growing segment of renewable energies and future technologies. Training capacities at H-Tec Systems will be expanded in future.

Larissa Schultze, Training Supervisor, said, “This year, for the first time, we are welcoming three new trainees … and are looking forward to successfully accompanying and supporting them in the coming years as they make a start in their professional lives. In cooperation with MAN Energy Solutions, we have developed a training concept that prepares our young professionals for the innovative work environment in the best possible way.”

The technical trainees spend their first 18 months in the MAN Training Center where they learn the basics of technical training.

Jörg Widemann, Head of the MAN Training Center, said, “Hydrogen is a future-oriented topic – for MAN Energy Solutions and for society as a whole.”

He said it is also involved in the company’s decarbonisation strategy through training programmes.

The young trio will complete the second half of their vocational training directly at H-Tec Systems and put the knowledge gained during their training straight into practice.

For the hydrogen company itself, the training of its own young professionals is an important success factor.

HR Manager Michael Krauss said, “The hydrogen industry is developing very rapidly. In order to be able to fully use the potential of the energy source of the future, we need suitably qualified specialists in this area.

“The energy transition is an important issue for young people in particular and is also playing an increasingly important role in career choices. We are now giving three young people the opportunity to make a direct contribution to the energy transition with their career start.”

Technical innovation along with the development of corresponding specialist knowledge in the field of hydrogen technologies have been core competencies at H-Tec Systems since the company was founded.

With more than 25 years’ experience, specialists can help shape the hydrogen economy and energy transition.

Students who are interested in vocational training can visit: www.h-tec.com/karriere.

Skills shortages ‘imperil’ energy transition

As renewable energy targets swell across the world, the availability of skilled workers risks becoming a bottleneck for deployment, according to SPG Global.

In the US, much of the potential for renewables deployment is in areas where fossil fuel industries are fading and workers with compatible skills are becoming available, such as sun-rich Texas and windy North Dakota.

IndustriALL oversees reskilling programs in areas where fossil fuel jobs are now fading, such as eastern Germany and some of Spain’s coal regions, which are now looking to build green hydrogen industries. While there has been success in many of these initiatives, a skills mismatch often prevails.

“In Spain, the concern was that the skills needed for green hydrogen projects are far higher than the skills of the workers that have left the old industries,” Secretary General Judith Kirton-Darling was quoted as saying.

When it comes to earlier education in schools, companies and politicians should work together to ensure children are given perspectives on green industries and on jobs that may not even exist yet.

Partnerships between academia and corporations continue to come to the fore.

The University of Central Florida and representatives from Mitsubishi Power recently met on campus to address the role of hydrogen in clean energy.

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