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Education & Employability Programmes

As many as four out of five workers in the energy sector are set to retire over the next 15 years, which comes at the same time as ScottishPower is looking to deliver the most important upgrades to the electricity network in over half a century.

Our education and employability programmes have a strong focus on attracting, nurturing and retaining talented individuals for the long-term benefit of our business. We run a variety of employability programmes in particular, ranging from apprenticeships to graduate placements designed to ensure that we have the right people, with the right skills, to meet and exceed the many challenges we face. To find out more about the opportunities that are currently available please visit the careers section of the website.

We work closely with industry, academia, schools, colleges and universities throughout the UK to promote engineering as a desirable career choice, and also to attract more young women into engineering and other power sector professions.

National Skills Academy for Power

The National Skills Academy for Power (NSAP) sits at the heart of the Power Sector, driving excellence in skills and bringing together employers, skills organisations and stakeholders. It is part of the Energy & Utility Skills group.

NSAP was established by the Government to address the need for a world-class workforce with better skills than ever before; employer-led centres of excellence, delivering the skills required by each sector of the economy.

ScottishPower is represented on the Board, and we also contribute to Think Power online resource, the most comprehensive source of information on careers in the UK power industry.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Power Academy

The IET Power Academy is a unique partnership between industry and academia, which seeks to address the looming skills shortage in the power-engineering sector, through a combination of financial support and work placements for students.

ScottishPower is a partner, and is also a member of the Executive; the top governing body of the Power Academy.

STEM Ambassadors

Our STEM Ambassadors are dedicated employee volunteers who help to encourage young people to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. They work with schools throughout the communities we serve, reaching thousands of young people each year.

Powerskills Programme

This award-winning grassroots programme was designed by ScottishPower in association with the Personal Development Partnership; a youth engagement body involving the Prince’s Trust Scotland, Fairbridge, Venture Scotland and the Venture Trust. It is designed to encourage some of the most disadvantaged young people into engineering and help them to develop the skills needed to progress within the industry. The project receives funding from The Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities initiative, which uses money secured under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to fund life changing projects for young people in local communities throughout Scotland.

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