Would you like to work in an important sector that is making sure we all have lighting, heating and much more?
Do you like using practical skills and solving problems?
Then maybe a job in this vital sector could be for you.
- The Gas industry currently employs around 123,700 people, and distribution networks deliver gas to around 10.8 million consumers.
- The petroleum industry employs over 150,000 people directly, and several thousand contract workers. The workforce is employed in stabilising, refining and manufacturing, and in distribution and forecourt retailing.
- The water industry plays a vital role in protecting the public health in the U.K. The industry provides safe, high quality drinking water. It covers water supply right from the source to the treatment works, where a variety of processes can be employed to produce safe drinking water that meets rigorous quality standards. The quality of water is carefully protected.
The Energy and Utilities sector has lots of job opportunities - in research and development, energy generation, transmission, distribution, etc. To keep the lights on and people supplied with clean water, the production, storage and supply chain needs maintaining.Scientists and engineers are needed to develop new technologies for harnessing energy for our future.
Routes into this sector
There are various types of qualifications available at different levels.
- GCSEs in English, maths and science will help get you into this sector. All other GCSE subjects will be useful too.
- At 16 you could do A Levels, which are general academic subjects or develop your knowledge and skills for this sector through an apprenticeship/traineeship or through a vocational qualification.
- At 18 or 19 you could do a higher education/degree level course, with 8 out of 10 A Level students choosing this pathway and half of all BTEC National students. However there are also other routes into your chosen career - through apprenticeships and vocational qualifications.
There is a range of apprenticeships and many courses available at a level to suit you in both Further Education and Higher Education.The energy and utilities sector invests heavily in apprenticeships as they believe these qualifications train staff with the right skills for jobs in this sector.
You can become a foundation engineer with good GCSEs and further education qualifications such as A Levels in science and maths or a HND in engineering.
There are lots of degree level courses which would be useful in this sector, for example, engineering, science, maths, etc.
When you have completed a degree in a relevant subject, usually engineering based, there are a number of graduate training schemes available to get you started in the workplace.
Use the Course Search
Use the relevant search options on our Course Search to find college and university courses as well as vacancies for apprenticeships.
More help finding courses and training
- To find out more about the qualifications needed in this sector Talent Source Network is a very useful place to find out more about jobs in the sector or you can find out more about the qualifications needed by visiting the Sector Skills Council’s website: Energy and Utility Skills-careers or for careers in the petroleum industry visit Cogent.
- To find out what A Levels you need to study chemistry, or engineering.
- To find out whether there is an apprenticeship training course related to energy that might suit you.
- To search for an apprenticeship vacancy available now related to energy, across England.(you need a vacancy to be able to apply)
- To find apprenticeship vacancies near you. There are other ways to look for an apprenticeship too.
- To find a vocational course related to energy at a college (also check the college's website to get the latest list of courses)
- To find an university level course related to energy.
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Spotlight on apprenticeships in energy
The massive network of power stations and wind farms across the country and the national transmission network (the electricity pylons and utility poles) keep electricity flowing into our houses.
This Power Network Craftperson level 3 apprenticeship covers:
electrical testing and how to respond to the results of testselectrical theories applicable to building and maintaining electrical power networkselectrical/mechanical principles and their use in work processesusing maths calculations in power engineeringlegislation and regulationusing specialist tools and equipmentother skills related to 1 of the following specialisms: overhead lines, underground cables, substation fitting