Energy

The essential energy and utilities sector covers:

Electricity – generation, transmission, distribution and supply

Gas – transportation, distribution and supply

Water – collection, purification and distribution

Waste management – collection and treatment of sewerage

Nuclear fuel processing

Apprenticeships provide entry routes into all of these areas.

The many roles in this sector require people with all sorts of skills. Practical roles like pipe fitting, line repair and cable jointing are in high demand, as are plant operatives. There’s also a large administrative and commercial side to the industry. Every household and company in the country has an electricity bill to pay – that’s a lot of customers to look after, and a lot of administrative work. All the major supply companies have large contact centres to deal with areas like customer service and sales.

Useful contacts:

Cogent
Sector Skills Council for chemicals, oil, gas, nuclear, petroleum and polymers
www.cogent-ssc.com

Energy & Utility Skills
Sector Skills Council for the gas, power, waste management and water industries
www.euskills.co.uk

The essential energy and utilities sector covers the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity; the transportation, distribution and supply of gas; the collection, purification and distribution of water; waste management and the collection and treatment of sewerage; and nuclear fuel processing.

The apprenticeships in this section provide entry routes into all of these areas. Keeping gas, electricity and water supply in check isn’t easy. By nature, gas hates being in an enclosed space and is always looking for a place to escape. A gas leak could potentially cause an explosion, so anyone working with this substance needs to be highly skilled – any mistake could have serious consequences. This section also features an apprenticeship in the growing nuclear industry, which produces roughly 20% of the electricity in the UK.

Gas industry

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Dual fuel smart meter installer

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Power sector

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Water industry

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Sustainable resource management

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Nuclear power plant operations

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Energy assessor & advisor

Domestic energy advisors analyse the energy efficiency of residential buildings to provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and make su...More



Water process technician

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Power network craftsperson

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Electrical power protection and plant commissioning engineer

Electrical power plant equipment and protection systems require testing and commissioning to confirm that they comply with manufacturers’ spec...More



Gas engineering

Gas engineering involves the safe installation, commission, decommission and the ongoing service and repair of gas appliances in either a domest...More



Gas network team leader

The main role of a gas network distribution team leader is to safely build, maintain and repair the UK’s gas network infrastructure to provide...More



Gas network craftsperson

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Junior energy manager

There is going to be a big demand for the skills of energy managers over the next few years, as businesses see the cost of energy rise and need ...More



Nuclear health physics monitor

Nuclear health physics monitors provide radiological monitoring services at the workface within the nuclear industry to protect people, plant a...More



Nuclear scientist and nuclear engineer

The nuclear industry offers a range of challenging and rewarding job opportunities across the country. The nuclear power industry is expanding t...More



Nuclear welding insection technician

Nuclear welding inspection technicians perform a quality control and welding inspection role for the nuclear industry. They perform inspection w...More



Utilities engineering technician

Utilities engineering technicians perform reactive and routine maintenance on equipment to ensure safe and efficient running of sites such as wa...More



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