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Energy and utilities CEOs launch sector inclusion commitment

CEOs from 32 of the country's leading energy and utilities employers have launched a long-term sector inclusion commitment to attract more diverse talent into the industry and better reflect the communities they serve.

The Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership, led by sector employers, recognised in its 'Workforce Renewal and Skills Strategy: 2020' that its current workforce fails to fully represent the 65 million people it serves every day.

It found that 83 per cent of the sector’s workforce is male, compared to 47 per cent 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, compared to national averages.

To tackle this challenge and build a resilient workforce for the future, 32 leading employers have committed themselves 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 underrepresented groups, attracting new talent and ideas into the energy and utilities sector. It is underpinned by five principles that commit to working collaboratively and sharing best practice, while creating an inclusive culture that enables us to attract, recruit and develop our people in a way where progress can be measured and transparent.

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.”

Basil Scarsella, chair of the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership Council, 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.”

Employers signed up to the commitment:

  • Amey
  • Anglian Water
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Cadent Gas
  • Centrica
  • Clancy Docwra
  • Dwr Cymru Welsh Water
  • E.ON
  • Energy & Utility Skills
  • Essex & Suffolk Water
  • FCC Environment
  • Keltbray
  • Kier
  • Morrison Utility Services
  • National Grid
  • Northern Gas Networks
  • Northern Powergrid
  • Northumbrian Water
  • ScottishPower
  • Scottish Water
  • SES Water
  • SGN
  • Siemens
  • South West Water
  • SSE
  • Thames Water
  • UK Power Networks
  • United Utilities
  • Veolia UK & Ireland
  • Viridor
  • Wales & West Utilities
  • Yorkshire Water

Author: Robin Hackett, Deputy Editor, WWT and WET News
Topic: Contractors , Policy & Regulation
Tags: Energy & Utility Skills , skills , Amey , Anglian Water , Balfour Beatty , Clancy Docwra , Dwr Cymru Welsh Water , Essex & Suffolk Water , Kier , Morrison Utility Services , Northumbrian Water , Scottish Water , SES Water , South West Water , Thames Water , United Utilities , Yorkshire Water

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