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:
- Electricity North West
- ESB Networks
- National Grid
- Northern Gas Networks
- Northern Ireland Electricity Networks
- Northern Powergrid
- Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks
- SP Energy Networks
- UK Power Networks
- Wales & West Utilities
- Western Power Distribution
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).
- Prospects can offer advice on graduate careers in energy and utilities
- Barclays Life Skills offers five tips for writing a great job application
- Get help writing a CV from the National Careers Service
- Advice from BBC Bitesize about leaving school in a post-pandemic world
- Information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work from the National Careers Service
About Energy Networks Association
Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing 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 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 40,000 people in Great Britain.