Energy and Utilities School Leaver Jobs - Careers Guide

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No matter what's going on with the banks, the economy and the politicians, people and businesses will rely on utility services to keep them going. Utilities include electricity, gas, water, and sewers – all the essentials that anybody needs in order to live or work in. It all has to work together.

Working in the energy industry means getting into the heart of efforts to help the environment through recycling and being energy-efficient. You'll be the first to try new ways to be green on a large scale, and getting into the technology being developed to improve how operations are carried out. If you find out you're good at helping people learn the ropes and explaining how your job works, you can become an instructor and teach your skills to others.

What’s it all about?TOP ^

This is a great industry to get into as a school leaver or straight from sixth form, if you decide not to go into further education.

If you're really interested in the science of how it all works, you can go into research to help develop the new technologies applied to utility plants. This requires a university degree along with work experience in your chosen field. Sandwich degrees are available in this sector to help you start your career on the right footing.

If you work for a company that has a list of clients it serves, there can be a lot of travelling around as you go from site to site. Or, you might need to be on-hand for a certain amount of time to make sure machines are working. You could also spend most of your time testing samples and working things out in a lab. So, hours will vary depending on the job, but you can set your own timetable as a freelance consultant.

What will I earn? TOP ^

There are sometimes apprenticeships available in this industry that pay around £11,000, and entry-level technicians can earn around £17,000 or over £20,000. Those in management and other senior positions can earn over £30,000 or £40,000.

Where can I work? TOP ^

School leavers can find work in the energy and utilities sector with major employers like British Gas, National Grid and NPower. You could start out as a trainee field technician, or work in customer service before moving up with experience.

You can go into more specialised work and research by getting a degree in environmental engineering, renewable energy, or earth sciences. You'll need A Levels in maths and sciences to get into these programmes.

What skills will I need in energy and utilities? TOP ^

Some areas of the energy sector will require you to have very specific engineering or technical skills that will have been obtained through formal qualifications. However, many energy jobs are customer facing and so require softer employability skills like communication, customer service and problem solving.

Some of the skills that energy recruiters might look for are:

What entry level energy and utilities jobs can I do? TOP ^

The energy and utility sector is huge and has a large range of jobs. While more technical engineering jobs will require a degree, there are still some entry level positions for school leavers.

Some entry level energy and utilities jobs include:

  • Data assistant
  • Customer service
  • Mudlogger
  • Energy analyst
  • Field technician
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