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Energy and utilities skills gap resolution initiative

11 February 2019

Thirty-two of the country’s leading energy and utilities employers are launching the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership today, designed to provide a long-term commitment to attract more diverse and inclusive talent into their industry.

The government recognises in its Workforce Renewal and Skills Strategy: 2020 that its current workforce fails to fully represent the 65 million people it serves.

With 83% of the sector’s workforce being male, compared to 47% for all sectors nationally, women, people with disabilities, the BAME community and under 24s have traditionally been under-represented in the energy and utilities sector.

To tackle this challenge, and to build a resilient workforce for the future, 32 leading employers have committed to drive change and work collaboratively to attract, recruit and retain a more diverse talent to the sector.

Employing around 566,000 people across the UK, the sector will need over 221,000 new recruits to fill its expected skills gap by 2027.

The commitment will challenge the sector to act and think differently and aims to inspire and connect with under-represented groups, attracting new talent and ideas into the energy and utilities sector.

It is underpinned by five principlesl:
1. Work collaboratively as a sector to drive change, challenging ourselves to do things differently, by sharing best practice and delivering sector priorities;
2. Focus on inclusion in its entirety, however our sector history requires targeted sector action to start by increasing gender, BAME and disability workforce representation;
3. Measure and be transparent about progress in our individual organisations and as a sector;
4.Ensure we create the culture we need to attract the workforce of tomorrow;
5. Be inclusive in the way we attract, recruit and develop our people.

Energy & Utility Skills Group chief executive Nick Ellins said: “Through the inaugural skills strategy, led by the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership, the UK’s utilities and their contractors have set out their ambition to enhance the diversity of their workforces and be ever more inclusive.

“This new commitment is a framework. It starts the collective action to help the sector workforce better mirror the communities it serves and secure the unquestionable benefits that result from having vibrant, truly inclusive and diverse teams.”

Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership Council chair Basil Scarsella said: “The Inclusion Commitment is an opportunity for all of us in the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership to develop workforces that reflect the communities we all serve and tackle the challenge of increasing diversity head on. We are very keen to share best practice and drive change through proactive, transparent measures.”


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