Students from Linnaeus University visit local energy companies

The energy business is on the lookout for workforce and students within electrical energy and computer engineering at Linnaeus University are going on a study visit to some of the energy companies in the region.

On Friday, April 21, the students will visit a solar cell plant at Engaholm Gård outside Alvesta, the hydroelectric power station Lidekvarn in Åby and the wind turbines in Karryd.

"We want to show the students some different facilities for renewable energy production and also inform them about the energy sector as a potential labour market for future engineers in electrical energy and computer engineering", says Anders Haggren, programme coordinator for the computer engineering programme.

A recently carried out analysis of the need for competence among energy companies in Sweden shows that the recruitment need is increasing and that it is becoming increasingly difficult for the companies to recruit qualified staff.

In addition to seeing and learning more about the electricity production facilities, the students will also get the opportunity to meet representatives from, for instance, Alvesta Energi to discuss possibilities for summer jobs, degree projects and the like.

"Our hope is that the students will become motivated to continue their studies and that these visits will make them realise that the energy companies need them once they have graduated – that they will realise that the energy sector truly is a future industry", says Paul Andersson, regional manager and representative for Energiföretagen Sverige.