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Energy and utility industry launches skills strategy

Posted on 9 February 2017 12:54 PM by carmi1j

Today we’re uniting with 26 energy and utility companies to launch our first joint skills strategy.

The aim is to raise the profile of job opportunities, training and skills through to 2020 in an industry that provides power, light, clean drinking water and other crucial national infrastructure.

Industry leaders from companies that are normally competitors have collaborated to share best practice on recruitment, skills, training and inclusion. We want to make sure our industry is welcoming and engaging to a diverse range of candidates, reflecting our key role in society.

Talent Source Network
One of the first actions from the skills strategy was to launch a new Talent Source Network. This pilot programme is a careers website for the energy and utilities sector which aims to attract thousands of potential candidates to the sector from military, steel, oil, gas and other backgrounds. Visit Talent Source Network

Diversity is one of the themes of the new strategy and UK Power Networks is a strong advocate of supporting equality and diversity. Our Norwich cable jointer, Alex Sanderson (pictured in gallery), recently became the first female in the country to gain the new employer-designed Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard. And two of the very first apprentices to follow the new apprenticeship standard were father and son, Mick and Lee Shannon (pictured in gallery). We want to make our industry welcoming and attractive to everyone with the talent to succeed in this exciting industry regardless of their race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or background.

Investing heavily in training and upskilling
We invest heavily in training and upskilling our workforce and last year UK Power Networks apprentices became first in the country to complete new employer-led Trailblazer apprenticeship programme. This year we plan to employ about 70 apprentices who will trained as jointers, linesmen, fitters and smart meter specialists. Their studies include formal training at our specialist training centres and on-the-job experience putting their skills into practice.

The strategy has been created to take the first steps toward ensuring the UK’s vital enegy and utilities sector retains a safe, skilled, resilient and sustainable workforce. It sets out for the first time, in one place, the challenges faced with an ageing workforce and immediate initiatives that are underway in moving towards achieving a more sustainable future. By working together, we are stronger.

We urge anyone interested in joining our industry or progressing into engineering to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects. Whatever your interests you will find a wide variety of varied and interesting roles in the energy and skills sector in customer services, project management, technology, HR, finance and much more.

Read the strategy

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