Ex-military personnel

Leaving the army, navy or RAF and launching a civilian career can be challenging. The good news is that your skills are in demand!

The energy and utilities sector needs highly motivated people with transferable skills to build our workforce. Service leavers are a ‘rich talent pool’ with the technical skills, professional drive and personal determination that sector employers are looking for.

 

Transferable skills include:

  • Accountability
  • Initiative
  • Safety behaviour
  • Accurate/methodical approach
  • Discipline and rigour/ ability to follow processes
  • Time management
  • Planning
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Confidence

Opportunities in Engineering 

Advancing technology, plus investment in the renewable and nuclear industries mean that talented engineers are needed more than ever. Up to 67,000 engineers will be needed over the next ten years. There’s an immediate need for practical, hands-on, technical problem-solvers who have the desire and initiative to manage, to lead and develop a career in engineering. This is the perfect opportunity to put your skills, knowledge and experience to the test.

A mechanical engineering technician can earn between £18,000 and £35,000 a year. Electrical engineers will earn at least £21,000 and chartered engineers can earn £45,000 or more.

Continue serving your country even after leaving the armed forces.

With over 14,000 veterans leaving the armed forces each year there is a recognition from industry leaders that the skills, attitudes, behaviour and culture that you acquire while serving in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces are invaluable and transferable. A career into the energy and utilities sector offers a secure future for ex-military personnel, with clear pathways for development at the heart of the UK’s economic sustainability.

Find out how Wendy, UK Resilience Engineer for National Grid, transferred her skills from the Royal Air Force to the Power Sector and how you can join the Power Industries here.

When I joined National Grid it was actually breaking down the building blocks of what I did within the services and understanding how that transfers across to civilian opportunities. My technical background gave me that stepping stone into an engineering company.

Opportunities in Apprenticeships

“I was a Marine Engineer Mechanic in the Royal Navy, and I love working with my hands. I was attracted to the adult apprenticeship because it enabled me to become a specialist, train practically in the field with a team and be paid well. It’s a great sector and I’m looking forward to building the next stage of my career.”

“Before starting my apprenticeship, I was looking for a change of career after serving in the army for eight years. I specialised in communications in the army and after making the decision to leave, I chose to build on the experience I’d already gained and learn new skills through an apprenticeship.”