Careers and skills highlighted at industry innovation conference

Closing the industry’s biggest innovation conference today, Judith Ross, Head of Network Regulation Policy at Ofgem, praised the industry for its collaboration and the introduction of a careers event to the Low Carbon Network Innovation Conference.

“It is great to see the breadth of learning across so many partners in the industry. SMEs in particular inject agility and excitement into the impressive innovation of the networks. Hosting a careers event as part of the conference is a brilliant addition too and there are plenty of exciting developments to engage the next generation of engineers.”

The careers event saw more than 60 college and university students hearing from the industry about the type of opportunities and skills that they could develop through an engineering career in energy. The session covered all aspects from apprenticeships, qualifications and graduates into the sector; answering questions about the value of practical learning and tips on finding and applying for the right jobs in energy. Students spoke to the many companies and organisations exhibiting at the LCNI conference to understand their experiences and get advice on their own career paths.

Tony Glover, ENA’s Director of Policy, who chaired the careers event said:

“There is a real risk that the innovation we have seen at the conference struggles to achieve its full potential in the future because of the skills gap we face in future. Holding a careers event was a new part to the conference and highlights how seriously the sector takes this challenge.

“It was fantastic to see some of those who might be designing and operating our sector in the exciting period of change that lies ahead engaging with the network companies and businesses that are developing the tools and techniques of our energy future.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

ENA is the voice of the networks representing the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.

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