The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has partnered with PA Consulting Services to deliver the Skills-shares programme under UK PACT (Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions) programme funded by UK International Climate Finance. The programme will facilitate peer-to-peer skill-share projects between experts.
Skill-share projects are designed in partnership with counterparts and key institutions within UK PACT partner countries. Supported by teams on the ground, we work together to understand the challenges that stand in the way of action, and match counterparts with highly experienced experts from the UK PACT roster.
We believe that working together internationally on the common challenges we face - combining our expertise and sharing the lessons we learn - can enable greater and faster action to tackle global climate change. The Skill-Shares programme welcomes requests for technical assistance through the Rapid Response Facility (RRF), COP26’s new initiative to accelerate the energy transitions of partner countries. Find out more in our announcement here.
Projects are based on the context-specific needs of counterparts and so will vary considerably in scope. However, we are able to facilitate skill-shares that meet the following criteria:
Project locations: We can work with any country eligible for UK PACT Country Programmes or Green Recovery Challenge Fund. Projects can be in that partner country, in the UK, or conducted virtually.
Eligible organisations: Projects can be between individuals or groups, and can be with national or sub-national Governments, with the private sector, or civil society.
Project types: Peer reviews, providing advice and lessons, workshops, training, pieces of research or analysis, providing supporting on stages of projects, demonstrating examples of existing solutions, and much more besides.
Timescales: Projects can be between one day and six months through a series of interventions, whether needing rapid support, or for in-depth and for the longer-term.
Skill-Share for Colombia-UK PACT
UK PACT contributed five experts to a panel of twenty to propose regulatory and institutional changes to transform the energy sector.
Drawing on the UK’s own experience of energy reforms (RIIO 1 and 2), discussions centred around challenges and lessons learnt from the UK that may smooth Colombia’s path towards a more modern, efficient, reliable and sustainable energy sector. The Mission’s team of experts contributed policymaking and practical advice on how Colombia might undertake legal, regulatory and policy changes to bring about reforms. These recommendations will allow the Colombian government to build and implement the road map to modernise and strengthen its energy sector.
We had a very successful first round of recruitment, with 322 experts put forward by 75 organisations ranging from large companies, SMEs and academic institutions. Just over two thirds successfully passed the assessment and are now on the UK PACT roster of experts, available for deployment on skill-shares.
Who are our experts?
Our roster includes policy makers, financial experts, lawyers, programme managers, engineers, academics and consultants. Many have already worked in UK PACT’s target countries: China, Colombia, Malaysia, Mexico and South Africa, as well as in emerging economies.
What are our experts' areas of expertise?
Our experts bring their specific technical and commercial knowledge and expertise to the programme. Many have foreign language skills which will assist them in communicating and sharing best practice while working with partner countries to achieve their net zero ambitions.
The first round of recruitment has now closed for our UK PACT roster of experts. However, if you are interested in being considered for future recruitment rounds, please visit the how to apply page and register your interest.
Secondments provide the temporary transfer of staff via UK Government to UK PACT partner country governments. This is provided either through UK Government officials or local expertise, being hired through the UK PACT programme and embedded into government institutions in partner countries.
Secondments provide full-time capacity building support that will typically last from 6 months to 2 years, in response to demand from UK PACT government partners. They aim to deliver a sustainable transfer of skills through building institutional capacity to support partner countries accelerate their transitions to a low carbon economy.