The utilities sectors lag behind the national averages for representation of staff with disabilities, those from ethnic minority backgrounds, women and young people according to data analysis by Energy & Utility Skills.
Thames will lead an apprenticeship sharing scheme, which will launch later this year, to open up opportunities for people wanting to gain skills and employment in the water sector and its supply chain.
With figures showing 20 per cent of the sector’s workforce will retire within the next ten years, Utility Week talks to experts about what needs to be done to ensure the workforce is fit for purpose, and how the industry is rising to the challenge of protecting workers' mental wellbeing.
To address skills shortages in the utility sector, United Utilities is welcoming 48 new starters to its apprenticeship and graduate schemes. The company has won industry awards for its three- to four-year programmes that accelerate staff through company training schemes.