Cross-industry collaboration was on the agenda yesterday, as electricity and gas network operators came together in an industry-first event to mark International Women in Engineering Day 2022.
A virtual event led by Energy Networks Association (ENA) and UK Power Networks, brought industry employees, contractors and other member organisations together to celebrate, network and be inspired by some key female role models within the sector.
Alex Sturge, head of communications, engagement and development at UK Power Networks, said:
“It’s important that we continue to make engineering an attractive and appealing profession for women. Already this year we have created 30 new STEM ambassadors who are out and about engaging at schools and colleagues. They have so far shared the opportunities available in the energy sector with more than 1,500 young women. Our event today, on International Women in Engineering Day, is another great way to raise the profile of engineering at what is a very exciting time for engineering In the UK. The people we engage and attract today will be the people charged with facilitating the transition to Net Zero tomorrow.”
ENA has launched a People and Careers in Energy webpage dedicated to providing those looking for jobs or currently working within the sector resources to help. The webpage also detail's the energy networks' commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) through the publication of a DEI Charter.
About Energy Networks Association
Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the companies which operate the electricity wires, gas pipes and energy system in the UK and Ireland.
ENA helps its members meet the challenge of delivering electricity and gas to communities across the UK and Ireland safely, sustainably and reliably.
Its members include every major electricity and gas network operator in the UK and Ireland, independent operators, National Grid ESO which operates the electricity system in Great Britain and National Grid Gas which operates the gas system in Great Britain. Its affiliate membership also includes companies with an interest in energy, including Heathrow Airport and Network Rail.
What are energy network operators?
Energy network operators manage and maintain the wires, pipes and other infrastructure which delivers electricity and gas to your home, business and community. They are private companies which are regulated by Ofgem and employ around 45,000 people in the UK and Ireland. They are represented by their industry body, Energy Networks Association (that's us).
Energy supplier or network operator? Energy network operators are entirely separate to your energy supplier, which is the company that bills you for using electricity and gas. Energy suppliers and generators are represented by Energy UK.