SSE project launched to recruit post COVID-19: A new pilot programme to recruit people in the energy industry has been launched by SSE in the wake of the coronavirus crisis and to help fill the skills gap.

To support people who have taken a career break or are looking to return to the sector, the energy supplier has teamed up with STEM Returners for a 12-week programme.

The wider energy industry SSE estimates, will need in the next decade to recruit around 200,000 people to fill the skills gap and accelerate the race towards the 2050 net zero goal.

More than 1,000 new jobs have already been announced since June as part of its five year, £7.5 billion investment programme to spur a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Director of HR at SSE, John Stewart said: “The energy industry was facing a skills gap before the coronavirus took hold and now with real momentum to build a cleaner, more resilient recovery from the economic impact of coronavirus and reach net zero, the industry will need to recruit thousands more green jobs for the future.

“These are skilled, sustainable roles which will benefit the UK regions; we’ll be building the world’s biggest offshore wind farm off the coast of Yorkshire, Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm off the coast of Angus and two huge projects on Shetland, not to mention the raft of opportunities that exist across many other areas of our business.

“This scheme will help us support people already skilled in STEM industries, back into work where they are very much needed. In a difficult jobs market, the energy sector is providing some much-needed good news for long term career prospects in all areas across the UK and Ireland.”

SSE project launched to recruit post COVID-19

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