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As part of our Keeping Us Connected series we profile an SSE Renewables engineer who is giving up his free time to 3D print face shields for frontline workers across the country.
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A start-up incubator has been launched to harness the skills of furloughed workers in the energy sector for low-carbon projects. Spinning Reserve, which has been created by Rosa Stewart, the head of external affairs for SSE Energy – now part of Ovo Group, aims to tackle negative issues of unemployment and seize an opportunity to upskill fledgling net zero projects.
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As part of our Keeping Us Connected series, we profile Wales & West Utilities gas engineer, Dan Brooks. He describes how interaction with the public – a core element of his role – has drastically changed as a result of coronavirus.
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Cyber-security and resilience are watchwords for every organisation, but how are utilities approaching the increasing threat and what do they consider the greatest risks of tomorrow? Industry experts gathered for a roundtable to discuss concerns and share best practice.
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A roundtable of HR directors hosted by Energy & Utility Skills found that utilities are in good shape when it comes to putting a proper value on people and skills – but there is much work ahead, says Nick Ellins.
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With a structured mentoring programme, utilities can enrich the working lives of employees and pass on hard-won experience to the next generation.
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Over three quarters of senior utilities leaders have concerns that a lack of robust data about the sustainability of internal and supply chain operations will hamper delivery of net zero transition goals, according to new research conducted by Utility Week.
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Open banking offers vast and measurable business benefits for utility companies, as well as ways to provide a better customer experience and protect their most vulnerable customers. In this e-book, Yolt Technology Services (YTS) looks at a variety of practical ways utility companies can implement open banking initiatives, as well as some hypothetical business gains they can make, across sales & onboarding, payments, and debt strategy.
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It used to take the giants of the pharmaceutical world at least five years to deliver a vaccine. Yet when the world was struck by COVID-19, Pfizer managed to deliver a vaccine in just eight months. Meanwhile, others such as Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and Astra Zeneca demonstrated similarly extraordinary feats of transformation.
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Unspent money raised through the government’s Apprenticeship Levy, which last year totalled £1 billion, should be used to top-up employer training for net zero skills, a right of centre thinktank has urged. Onward also warned that the UK's apprenticeship and technical education standards are “badly misaligned to the demands of decarbonisation or a zero-carbon economy.”
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The UK water utilities industry is under greater stress than at any other time in its history. It’s not just about external forces such as changes in usage trends and climate change as well as scarcity and unpredictability of supply. It’s also partly because most of our water infrastructure was designed and built in the Victorian era, if not earlier (the world’s first city-level water transfer project, completed in 1613, remains one of London’s main water resources). And of course we cannot forget the huge drive towards digital transformation.
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Utility companies have been able to recoup just half of the funds they paid into the apprenticeship levy over the past three years, with tens of millions set to be returned to the Treasury. Energy & Utility Skills chief executive Phil Beach tells Utility Week this highlights the need for urgent reform of the levy.
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Just as customers can choose how they communicate with you, so increasingly they can choose how to pay. A Utility Week Live Summit roundtable explored the latest innovations in payments methods.
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