SSE invests £12million in recruitment gap

SSE, the energy giant, has pledged £12million in order to help meet the need to hire a shortfall of 208,000 workers in the sector 2023.

As half of utility sectors employees are set to retire in the next eight years, SSE has asked firms to invest in the support of apprentices to ensure the UK has the skilled workforce required to deliver major projects for the future.

To mark the start of National Apprenticeship Week, SSE has vowed to boost the amount of young people it takes on a three to four-year training course by 20% - at a cost of £80,000 per trainee.

John Stewart, SSE Director of Human Resources, said: “Apprenticeships put young people on track for a first rate career and with around 50% of the sector’s workforce set to retire by 2023, there is a need to invest now.

“We’re boosting our apprentice numbers by 20%, investing £11.68million – an average of £80,000 per trainee – to recruit and train the workforce of the future. What’s more, apprenticeship programmes work for the country as well as young people and business,” he said.

Over 100 new apprentices have joined SSE’s apprenticeship programme every year since 2007. During this time, over 800 apprentices have been hired by SSE, which represents an overall investment of £64million.

Furthermore, SSE is taking additional measures to support potential transmission engineers who wish to work in the Highlands. A successful partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands has helped develop and will sponsor six places on a new BEng Power Engineering degree.

Sodexo, the accommodation and catering firm, intends on recruiting a further 10 apprentices in Aberdeen through its partnership with local firm Hospitality Training which started last year.

Ian Russell, Sodexo MD based in Aberdeen, said: “Our current crop of apprentices is doing fantastically well and I look forward to seeing where their qualifications take them in the coming years.”

Karen Black, General Manager of Hospitality Training added: “Key to the success of the programme – and the catering sector in the north-east – is that as many employers as possible embrace the modern apprenticeship model, and really demonstrate their commitment to the people they employ.”


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