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New gateway to careers in essential services

Do you fancy working in a fast moving and exciting sector which provides essential public services that make everything tick?

From Press releases - 23 May 2017 12:00 AM

If the answer is yes, a new careers website has launched to attract top talent to the energy and utilities industry - which the UK depends on for light, heat, water and other essential services.

UK Power Networks has teamed up with Energy and Utility Skills, the expert voice on workforce issues across the sector, and 19 other energy and utility companies to create Talent Source Network – a gateway to jobs in the business.

Talent Source Network is aimed at people starting their career, service leavers and professionals with existing skills. Anyone looking for work can create a profile to get their skills noticed by potential employers, connect with employers and gain training and careers information.

Chris Degg, Human Resources Director at UK Power Networks, said: “The utility sector is critical for all areas of society, enabling all of us to get on with our daily lives, confident in the knowledge that we can count on the efficient, safe and reliable supply of essential, basic services. In order to do this, UK Power Networks needs to have available the right people, at the right time and with the right skills and attitude. We are collaborating on the Talent Source Network pilot programme to encourage, welcome and attract talented people to join the energy and utilities industry from a wide variety of diverse backgrounds.”

Talent Source Network was one of the first actions from the new Workforce Renewal and Skills Strategy that was launched in February by the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership - 29 energy and utility companies. The strategy is raising the profile of job opportunities, training and skills through to 2020 in an industry that provides essential power, gas, water and waste management services to 65 million people across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Nick Ellins, Chief Executive of Energy & Utility Skills, said: “The Skills Strategy is based on collaboration for the good of the sector to underpin the findings of the Skills Strategy. Collaborating on initiatives like Talent Source Network is key to our success in meeting the challenges that have been identified. Talent Source Network is an important aspect in helping increase sector attractiveness and recruitment, so that working in energy and utilities it appeals to all communities, generations and genders.”

Read the industry’s new joint Workforce Renewal and Skills Strategy here.