SWITCH On Skills
Welcome to SWITCH-On Skills, your gateway to a sustainable future, funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. We are steadfast in our mission to equip the workforce of tomorrow with the crucial skills needed to navigate and mitigate the challenges of the climate and environmental crisis. Offering complimentary, credit-bearing micro-credential courses, we enable participants to enhance their qualifications and acquire essential skills. Our commitment extends beyond current professionals, reaching into Schools and Colleges across the region, ensuring the next generation is adeptly prepared with vital Net Zero knowledge and skills. Together, let’s skillfully navigate towards a resilient, environmentally-prosperous future.
Materials for Energy
This course is designed to guide the student through the main concepts of Materials for Energy Production, Storage and Usage. The module explores materials used in the various energy sectors. Scientific concepts will be backed up using real-life examples. At the end of this course, the student should be able to demonstrate an appreciable understanding of materials research that is critically important to the energy sector and, more importantly, the Energy Trilemma (i.e. issues related to energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability). More info >
Introduction to Electric Arc Furnace Operations
Steel is the most versatile and important material in the world, and production via the Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) route is finding increasing applications for producing both long and strip products. This course highlights both the fundamental aspects of the process and its evolution over the last 60 years, comparing the advantages and disadvantages of EAF steelmaking to blast furnace/BOS steelmaking and reviewing the various options that are available to meet the net zero carbon emission steelmaking target date of 2050. More info >
Low Carbon Active Buildings *coming soon*
In this course, we explore how buildings can become not just structures but also power stations, paving the way toward a greener, more energy-efficient world. You will gain an understanding of the principles, technologies, economics, policies, and societal impacts of building-integrated renewable energy.
Financial Modelling for Renewable Energy *coming soon*
This self-paced course will unlock the secrets to effective financial planning in the dynamic world of clean energy. This course is your gateway to understanding the principles, tools, and applications of financial modelling within the renewable energy sector and will cover the principles, models, data, tools, and practical applications tailored for the renewable energy sector.
Hydrogen Generation, Storage and Utilisation *coming soon*
This course will take you on an enlightening voyage through the science, methods, applications, economics, policies, and environmental aspects of this remarkable element. Our course offers a holistic perspective on hydrogen, equipping you with the knowledge and tools to contribute to the ongoing energy transition and the sustainable future of our planet.
All courses are conveniently delivered through Swansea University‘s Learning Management System, Canvas, providing a seamless online learning experience. Students are granted a generous three-month period to complete the course, allowing for personalised learning at their own preferred pace.
Throughout the course, participants will engage in three progressive assessment quizzes, complemented by a comprehensive final written assessment that culminates their learning journey. All assessments are conveniently submitted through the secure and user-friendly platform Canvas.
Expert guidance and assistance are readily available from our project lecturers and dedicated learning technologists to ensure a supportive and enriching learning environment. These experienced professionals can be easily reached through Canvas or via email.