Help us meet the skills needs of energy and utility industries.  

Power, gas, water, and waste management and recycling organisations provide critical services that keep the lights on, homes warm, water running, and waste collected and recycled.   

Together, these industries directly employ over half a million people and face a demographic challenge that is predicted to create around 270,000 vacancies before the end of the decade.  Against this backdrop, the successful implementation of the ongoing reforms to apprenticeships and the technical education system is crucial if these industries are to collectively attract and develop new talent that is needed.   

The Institute is setting up a new energy and utilities advisory panel to ensure that the current and future skills needs of these industries are captured and reflected in technical qualifications and apprenticeships.    

The panel will provide independent employer expertise that will support the development and maintenance of apprenticeships and technical qualifications that are important for the energy and utilities sector.  

About the energy and utilities advisory panel

As a member of the panel, you will initially be asked to advise on: 

  • where new occupational standards and/or technical qualifications are required 
  • where existing standards and/or technical qualifications could be amended to better meet sector requirements 

We are looking for people in the energy and utilities sector, including power, gas, water/sewage and nuclear (including transmission/distribution and retail).  

The panel will initially meet for up to half a day on an 8-weekly basis, with the first meeting expected in early June. We anticipate the panel will run for 12 months in the first instance. 

Person specification

Our selection criteria include, but are not limited to: 

  • applied expertise rather than generalist: we need members with ‘hands-on’, recent specialist expertise – our members understand the detailed requirements of different occupational roles and can speak from a position of authority 
  • expertise at the right level of seniority: we’re looking for members with a track record of significant achievements and seniority within their organisations, generally director level or above – the professional credibility of our members and their ability to take a strategic view of occupational needs, are vital to the panels’ success
  • relative lack of conflict of interest: we work hard to minimise conflicts of interests that may, or maybe seen to, compromise panel recommendations  

How to apply

We are committed to ensuring our search for excellence and innovation includes people who are representative of the whole of the UK. 

If you are interested in joining the panel, please complete the expression of interest form by midnight on 1 May.  

If you have any queries about the panel role or the advisory community, please contact: institute.membershipoffice@education.gov.uk