These are the everyday services that keep our homes, buildings, towns and cities going: electricity, gas, water and sewers. A huge variety of different careers are available, ranging from technical and engineering roles to managerial and sales positions. You could work in the engineering side of things, keeping everything moving properly, operations management, project management, or in technical and maintenance roles.
Jobs in energy
The energy side of the industry is particularly exciting, you could work outdoors on site, on land or out at sea, in an office, or even in a laboratory. This sector requires specialist scientists operating in the research and development energy, especially important with the increasing necessity for more environmentally friendly energy solutions. For example, geoscientists survey the earth’s surface using specialist equipment to search for oil reserves, gas reserves and other natural resources. Non-renewable energy resources – coal and oil, for example – are still required by consumers, so the industry still needs experts in mining, gathering and extraction.
With increasing environmental concerns across the world, the energy and utilities sector is becoming one of the most innovative and adaptable sectors in the UK. The government is targeting renewable sources such as wind, solar and tidal energy to provide 15% of our power by 2020, so there has been a rise in the development of renewable energy resources, such as solar panels, hydroelectric dams and biomass fuel. Major oil and petroleum companies are beginning to develop fuels that are more environmentally friendly – a really future-proof career for those who pursue it.
Energy & utilities Apprenticeships
If you are a school leaver wanting to work in this sector you could do an Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) after GCSEs, and train in roles like gas network team leader and dual fuel smart meter installer. You could then do an Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) in roles like power network craftsperson and utilities engineering technician. If you are a school leaver, with A-levels, could also access these schemes.
There are also energy Degree Apprenticeships, for school leavers who have achieved high grades at A-level. These are in the nuclear energy field. Your employer will pay your tuition fees and a salary, for the work you will do alongside your studies.