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National Careers Week - working at the energy networks

01 March 2021

This week marks the beginning of National Careers Week, a celebration of careers guidance which provides a focus at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education.


Energy network operators are always looking for people to fill roles within their companies, vital if we are to keep our networks as some of the most reliable in the world. They are always on the lookout for an increasingly varied selection of skills and roles.

For those soon to be leaving education, there are a number of different entry methods including apprenticeships and graduate programmes. Network operators recognise that attracting young talent will be the future of their businesses which is why they invest time and resource into their apprenticeship and graduate training programmes. It is worth pointing out that several CEOs began their careers as apprentices so the sky’s the limit!

Some of the most important roles would be those in network operations, technical roles which are a critical part of the business. People in these network operations play a vital role in the safe, efficient, and effective day-to-day management of the networks, helping to keep energy flowing for millions of people across the UK.

Alongside frontline, operational roles there are opportunities in customer service, legal, engineering, information systems and many, many more. And as we move towards a Net Zero energy system there has never been a more exciting time to work for the network operators.

It has been estimated that the energy industry will need around 400,000 jobs to deliver the UK’s climate targets. More diverse roles are now opening up to include those that harness the power of innovation, new technologies and systems to deliver the smarter and digitalised networks we see today.

More information about careers in the energy networks:
More help if you’re starting out:

You can find useful advice on some of the following websites (ENA is not responsible for the content of external websites).

About us

Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the energy networks. Our members include every major electricity network operator in the UK. The electricity networks are at the heart of the energy transition. They directly employ more than 26,000 people in the UK, including 1,500 apprentices. They are spending and investing £33bn in our electricity grids over the coming years, to ensure safe, reliable and secure energy supplies for the millions of homes and businesses reliant on power every day.

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