Several experts have agreed that the utilities sector is facing a
"chronic" shortage of skills and is having difficulties attracting
Personneltoday.com approached three major utilities companies to
see how they were coping with a dearth of suitable
Yorkshire Water said in addition to a two-year graduate programme
it has launched a campaign aimed at recruiting from a more diverse
pool of candidates.
A spokesperson for RWE npower told Personneltoday.com that
and retention were not major problems for the company but that it
struggled to diversify a predominantly male workforce.
National Grid said it consciously targets female engineering
students and has profiles of women already working with the company
on its website.
Catherine Hamilton, National Grid's inclusion and diversity
manager, said: "National Grid is attracting good engineers, many of
whom are female. In fact, 25 per cent of graduate engineers are now
female and 32 per cent of graduates overall are female."
According to the Times' list of the top 50 places women want to
work, female potential employees seek roles where their job
satisfaction will be high and their career can develop, rather than
solely considering money or location.
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