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Utilities employers sign up to armed forces covenants

Leading energy and utilities sector employers are collaborating to engage, attract and recruit ex-military personnel into the sector.

Signatories come together to sign their covenantsSignatories come together to sign their covenants

Paving the way, organisations within the sector have signed individual armed forces covenants and a wider pledge to increase the sector’s visibility to ex-military personnel. 

Facilitated through the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership – a sector-focused workforce and skills partnership operated by Energy & Utility Skills – nine new signatories including Northumbrian Water, Thames Water and Welsh Water formalised their individual commitment through the armed forces covenant. 

In total, 24 sector employers – which include Anglian Water, Scottish Water, South West Water and United Utilities – are already underway in partnership with the Ministry of Defence (MOD), Defence Relationship Management (DRM) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to attract and retain more ex-military employees into the industry.

The covenant supports serving military, including reserves, service leavers, veterans and their families. Recognising the value and experience of ex-military workforce, energy and utilities employers commit to work together to ensure the sector is recognised as armed forces-friendly.

Nick Ellins, chief executive of Energy & Utility Skills, said: "I am delighted to see our leading employers support the covenant. With a good proportion of the 14,000 people that leave the armed forces every year possessing highly sought-after skills, service leavers are a fantastic talent pool and ideally suited to our industry. 

"Through the Talent Source Network job board, and working in partnership with the MOD, DRM and DWP, our industry is actively aiming to attract service leavers. With their technical skills, professional drive and personal determination, they are ideally placed for a career in our rewarding sector which urgently needs 221,000 recruits by 2027 to meet its skills challenge."

Talent Source Network provides a sector-specific job site for members covering the energy and utilities sector. It allows candidates to learn about supporting employers, search for jobs, and careers information.

Employers work collaboratively on the website and post over 550 roles per month, many of which are suited for ex-military personnel. 

The DWP's Ian Westcott said: "The armed forces community can contribute real value to a business with their wealth of skills and experience. It’s admirable that the energy and utilities sector are one of the first to take an inclusive approach and become an armed forces friendly industry.

"Working closely with Talent Source Network Employers, we have been delighted to play a role in the promotion and uptake of the Armed Forces Covenant. These commitments ensure that the industry’s doors are always open to ex-service personnel, offering real jobs, training and expert advice."

New employers to sign the covenant:

  1. Cadent
  2. Clancy
  3. ENWL
  4. FCC Environment
  5. Northumbrian Water
  6. Northern Gas Networks
  7. Thames Water
  8. Wales & West Utilities
  9. Welsh Water

Existing signatories supporting collaboration:  

  1. Amey
  2. Anglian 
  3. Balfour Beatty
  4. Centrica
  5. E.ON
  6. Kier
  7. National Grid
  8. Morrison Utility Services
  9. Scottish Power
  10. Scottish Water
  11. South West Water
  12. SGN
  13. UK Power Network
  14. United Utilities 
  15. Veolia 

Author: Robin Hackett, editor, WWT
Topic: Skills & workforce
Tags: Energy & Utility Skills , skills

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