First candidates selected for skills initiative X-Academy

Source: press release, 24 January 2022

X-Academy Director, Peter Tipler
X-Academy Director, Peter Tipler (photo: Xodus)

X-Academy, a new initiative to inspire and harness young minds towards energy innovations and the climate crisis, has officially kicked off its first 2-year programme with a further two cohorts planned to start later this year.

Having launched at the end of last year, the new Academy was met with an encouraging reaction from both industry and applicants, with more than 40 applying.

Nine Xcellerators were selected for the initial programme. Candidates included a mix of recent graduates and professionals looking to reskill, with the ambition of making a positive impact to climate change.

Peter Tipler, managing director of X-Academy says, “We are thrilled with the response to the professional development programme, which has attracted a range of people from various backgrounds, who are looking to broaden their skills and bring fresh ideas to the industry.”

“As well as graduates from traditional energy disciplines including mechanical engineering, physics, and energy management, we have also seen applications from a former primary school teacher, ex-armed forces and product designer. It shows there is a real interest in tackling the climate crisis across the board,” Tipler adds.

Backed by ETZ Ltd, as well as ScotWind consortium partners bp and EnBW, the pilot programme has already shown the potential that this type of shared learning can spawn.

Collaboration within the cohort and with external partners is encouraged with a strong emphasis on networking and engaging with local and global experts and mentors.

Tipler continues, “The opportunity to meet like-minded people but with different skills sets and experience allows participants to work together to collaborate on industry solutions or expand existing ideas that have real potential. The high level of interest so far, combined with the work already undertaken by the Xcellerators has encouraged us to open up another two cohorts this year, with applications now open for starts in April and September.”

“We’d always planned for X-Academy to be a long-term, multi-year programme and I’m thrilled that we’re already in a position to offer more opportunities for people looking to drive meaningful impact. We’re confident that by the end of 2022 we’ll have almost 30 Xcellerators enrolled, with plans to expand internationally,” says Tipler.

In addition to recruiting more candidates for the initiative, X-Academy is also hoping to secure further industrial partners that can support this predicted growth.

All applications to the programme can be submitted at Applications are open until midnight on Sunday, 6 February.