SSE launches pilot to help job hunters into industry

SSE has launched a pilot jobs programme in a bid to recruit people into the energy industry following the coronavirus crisis.

On 31 August, it announced that it has joined forces with STEM Returners to support people who have taken a career break or are looking to return to the sector. The 12-week programme will aim to help those with STEM skills to restart their career, adding that all returners who take part will be given the opportunity to gain a full-time position with SSE. It estimated that the energy industry will need close to 200,000 people in the next decade to plug the skills gap and boost to race to net zero.

SSE itself has already announced over 1,000 new jobs since June as part of its £7.5bn investment programme over five years to drive a green recovery from COVID-19.

John Stewart, Director of HR at SSE, 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.”