Companies across the sector have a duty to help the 2,600 people set to be made redundant by Ovo Energy, the chief executive of Energy and Utility Skills has argued. Nick Ellins cited a skills gap of around 250,000 people within the sector which will need to be filled.
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.