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We need the energy and utilities sector – and you – to save the planet

Sarah Marsden is a Project Engineer for Northern Powergrid

The way we make, use and distribute energy, water and waste is transforming how we live, work and play in the UK. Energy and utilities companies are evolving to meet this need, fuelling a requirement to attract a broader range of skills to deliver success.

The challenge:

To ensure we tap into all available and potential talent – including you!

How to meet that need:

Talent Source Network is a collaboration of 26 leading employers in energy and utilities, working hard to dispel the myths that engineering is just for men. They aim to inspire ambitious people, from diverse backgrounds, to pursue a career in the sector by showcasing success and promoting the breadth of opportunities.

“I strongly believe that attracting, supporting and retaining a diverse workforce and being an organisation that is truly inclusive for all is essential for us to achieve the ambitious goals we have set ourselves for the next few years.”
👩‍💼 Heidi Mottram, Chief Executive, Northumbrian Water

Whether your interest is in renewables, manufacturing, waste management (recycling) or information and communications, there are opportunities to work in an area that meets your ambitions. From engineering roles that invent and test green technologies, technical roles that deploy new energy sources, to the maths jobs that require algorithm experts, there is always a new type of talent needed in the sector.

“My interest in engineering started in sixth form. I hope that, by working in the industry and sharing my story, I can inspire others from differing backgrounds to consider taking STEM subjects and pursuing a career in an exciting, evolving sector.”
👩🏽‍🔧 Sarah Marsden, Project Engineer, Northern Powergrid

Talent Source Network employers work together to promote STEM subjects in schools, particularly to young women. They actively participate in initiatives such Primary Engineer and Secondary Engineer, which aim to change the way skills are taught and nurtured in schools.

“Female engineers in Cadent are treated the same as their male peers from the outset. As a company, we are increasing our focus on developing our engineering workforce. I do a lot of work mentoring young engineers, male and female, and it is immensely rewarding!”
👩🏻‍💻 Hilary Buxton, Head of Engineering, Cadent Gas

STEM careers suit all personalities

From vocational apprenticeships, graduate schemes to opportunities for experienced, skilled professionals with transferable skills.

Engineering apprenticeships in the energy and utilities sector have great starting salaries, training and mentoring and opportunities for career progression. Entry criteria ranges from 5 GCSEs to 2 A-levels/BTEC Level 3 for higher and degree apprenticeships.

Once qualified, employers want women to achieve their full potential as engineers, applied scientists or leaders. This means providing roles for women returning to work after having children – plus flexibility and progression opportunities to combine work with parenting.

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