Taking your first few steps into a new job can seem daunting, that’s why at UKPR we have a range of schemes to make the transition from education to a career an easy one. All our schemes are designed to support and kickstart your career in a fast-paced working environment at the heart of the energy sector’s transformation.
We have a range of schemes in place for school-leavers through to graduates. Designed with flexibility in mind, we aim to offer the right opportunity to candidates that share our key values and relish the challenge of being a pioneer in the energy sector.
Our Strategic Advisor programme offers a 3-6 month contract to those looking to gain experience in the energy sector. Aimed at recent graduates with a Master’s degree, this scheme has proved particularly popular among MBA students, looking to grow with our Business Development Team. Roles are available across business functions.
Fatima Iqbal, who joined us as a Strategic Advisor in February, said “Joining UKPR as a Strategic Advisor has been a great way for me to discover a career in a new industry. Working in financial services for six years and then pursuing a master’s in Public Policy, I wanted to embark on a project targeting sustainable development. From Economics to Urban Planning, sustainable development was a key focus throughout my Master’s. The energy sector was completely new to me, but I wanted to learn about what’s driving change in the sector. The Strategic Advisor Programme gave me a unique opportunity to experience the energy revolution.”
This programme mirrors the purpose of the Strategic Advisor programme but offers contracts to Bachelor graduates. Project Assistants can cover a variety of business areas, from Stock Control to Data Science. We regularly attend Career Fairs and Employer Open Days to meet the best talent as well as maintaining long-standing successful relationships with leading universities.
Adeel Arshad, joined us earlier this year as a Project Assistant, Supplier Relations, he notes “When leaving university, I was told I needed more experience. UKPR saw potential in me and chose to give me an opportunity when others didn’t”. Giving employees the chance to gain this crucial experience can give them necessary working environment experience and confidence to become a valuable employee. Faizan takes a different approach when reflecting on his time so far as a Project Assistant for the Development Team, “Exposure in various fields within my team really opened my eyes to the incredible talent, diversity and durability of UKPR and its influential impact on the energy industry.”
It is hoped permanent positions will be offered to those completing the Project Assistant and Strategic Advisor Programmes.
You don’t need a degree to find an entry point to the energy sector with UK Power Reserve. We have apprentices across the UK, focused on two different specialisms: Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. All our new apprentices will be studying the Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician Standard which is a Level 3 Diploma. New for 2018, we are ensuring the next generation of skilled talent is ready to join the workforce. The qualification will provide the apprentices with an all-round knowledge of:
Development and workplace exposure doesn’t need to wait until after you have left school. We offer work experience at our Solihull Head Office over school holidays or for a year-long position alongside studying.
Work Experience can be varied and give exposure across the business or specialised, focusing on one aspect of the business. Local students can gain experience in these areas:
Last year, Millie Platt joined us 1-day per week during term time for a year-long work experience placement rotating around the many business areas. Millie worked on our partnership with St Basils – “It is great to see something I worked on to be delivered” as well as visiting sites and helping in HR to process the many new starters to join the fast-growing team. Working with UKPR has sparked Millie’s interest in energy, although she admits she “wasn’t really aware of energy” before starting. Work experience students get fully immersed in UKPR activities and deliver real business results.
Professional Development isn’t only available to those on the scheme. Whether joining in your first role or bringing many years’ experience, we continue to invest in our talent and develop staff to ensure they reach their full potential.
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