UK utility Centrica has announced that it plans to increase its female smart energy workforce.
Centrica says it plans to recruit some 1,000 apprentices over the next two years, of which 50% will be female smart energy experts.
The new smart energy experts will be responsible for installing smart meters and providing energy efficiency-related services.
The apprentices will be trained to fit EV charging points, as well as accelerate electric vehicle and heat pump adoption, vital to decarbonise homes at the utility’s centers in Dartford, Hamilton and Leicester.
Chris O’Shea, CEO Centrica said these roles will deliver net-zero by 2050 and help shape the utility’s future business models.
Have you read?
38% of UK energy sector still all-male at board level – study
Women in nuclear join forces with IAEA to drive gender parity
Wind sector must prioritse gender diversity to ensure a just recovery
Today, women make up only 8% of Centrica’s field workforce.
To help boost interest from female applicants, the utility has launched a targeted recruitment campaign that includes virtual careers events and engaging with women seeking a career change due to COVID-19.
Centrica has also signed up to the Tech She Can Charter, a commitment by organisations to increase women working in technology roles.
The developments will help the energy provider to improve gender diversity and better reflect the customers it serves.
Jade Rimmer, Centrica women’s network field chapter leader, said: “I want to see more women working in technical and engineering roles at Centrica and fully support the company’s ambition for 50% of apprenticeship roles to be filled by women. Even though these jobs have traditionally been male-dominated, this should not deter women. We need you and our customers need you, so please do apply.”