Whether they’re the head of marketing promoting smart meters, the customer service representative helping you change your gas company, or an apprentice kick-starting their career - there’s a story behind everyone.
Read the stories behind the people making a difference in the energy and utilities sector. Be inspired…
It’s a tough job market out there for young people. Apprentice electricity linesperson, Cameron Stafford, 20, from Peacehaven, Sussex, is one of 100 apprentices UK Power Networks is currently supporting through skilled apprenticeships. He’s training to maintain and repair the overhead power lines which keep power flowing in Sussex.
"I’m very ambitious and hopeful about my career prospects whilst at Ofgem, and beyond. The graduate scheme is excellent for training, with a bespoke course for getting up to speed with energy and regulation."
"Before coming to Morrison Utility Services I was a bus driver. I thought it was time for a change of career because of the continued problems I was having with my legs and had heard good things about Morrison Utility Services."
"Being selected as one of only ten colleagues in the first cohort of a leadership programme, designed to develop women in technical roles, has certainly helped my confidence. I've built strong internal and external networks and members of the original group continue to provide professional support to each other."
"An Interconnect networking event for women in engineering at SSE really helped to identify the kind of work and opportunities graduates are exposed to, and it highlighted how much SSE valued diversity through their efforts in promoting STEM careers to girls from school age."
I've worked for Amey for 2.5 years and recently returned to work after becoming a first-time mum and taking a year off on maternity leave. I’ve worked in programme management, management consultancy and business development for the last 19 years, after qualifying with an MSc in Environmental Engineering and a Post Graduate Degree in Project Management."
What drew me to Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water was its not-for-profit status and its 2050 vision, ensuring that the company puts the environment and its customer at the forefront of everything it does. While the commercial scheme specifically offered me the opportunity to combine my passion for hydrology, energy and the environment.
"My interest in engineering started in sixth form. I hope that by working in the industry, and sharing my story, I can inspire others from differing backgrounds to consider taking STEM subjects and pursuing a career in an exciting, evolving sector with lots of different career opportunities."
"Diversity of thought has been proven to drive the most innovative outcomes and decisions, so making sure our workforce attracts and includes everyone means we can run our business more efficiently, effectively and innovatively."
"I’ve always enjoyed problem solving and am quite a ‘hands on’ type of person. Friends of mine work in similar roles and after chatting to them about their jobs and the satisfaction they got from what they did it made me start looking into opportunities in the energy and utilities sector."
Whilst at university, Omolara saw a future career in the not-for-profit/charity sector. When she realised that Welsh Water incorporated both customer care and environmental care with a not for profit ethos she knew she had to apply.
"There are so many opportunities available to advance in Anglian Water. My apprenticeship lasts for 2 years, this includes the chance to spend time with various people and learn about all parts of the business, some which i never knew existed!"
The variety, the Data Science Team works with all areas of the business. Projects that the team deliver align with different Measures of Success, this means that every project is different, working with a different team, for a different business challenge, using a different analytical technique and adding differing benefits to the business but all with the same aim of improving the service for our customers.
"I use adapted software called JAWS (Job Access with Speech), a computer screen reader programme that allows sight impaired users to ‘read’ a screen through text-to-speech output. Whilst on the phone to a customer, JAWS speaks to me to tell me what is on my screen and how to process the call."
" I like to use and tell my experiences to the next new generation of girls who might like the idea of a career in engineering. I tell them it is far from a mundane job; every day is different and rewarding."