People & Skills

Editor’s weekly: Smart meters and gas safety

Gas

Editor’s weekly: Smart meters and gas safety

Jane Gray mulls over comments made at Utility Week Congress about the hazards the national smart meter rollout may raise for gas safety in customer homes.

23% rise in apprenticeship applications for WPD

People & Skills

23% rise in apprenticeship applications for WPD

A social media based recruitment campaign has helped Western Power Distribution boost applications to its apprenticeship opportunities by almost a quarter.

Better together with skills

Power

Better together with skills

Why the UK’s infrastructure outlook requires a whole utilities sector skills strategy.

New industry accord secures skills investment

Power

New industry accord secures skills investment

27 energy and utility companies and suppliers have pledged to uphold a new accord to drive investment in skills throughout the industry supply chain.

New chief financial officer for Murphy

Power

New chief financial officer for Murphy

Engineering and construction specialist Murphy has appointed David Burke as its new chief financial officer.

MUS names new chairman and CEO

People & Skills

MUS names new chairman and CEO

Contractor Morrison Utility Services has announced the names of its new chairman and chief executive.

WWU increases apprenticeship intake by 200 per cent

Gas

WWU increases apprenticeship intake by 200 per cent

Wales and West Utilities (WWU) has recruited 200 per cent more apprentices than it did in 2013 as it delivers on its commitment to invest in young people and attract them to the gas industry.

Government updates Apprenticeship Levy plans

Power

Government updates Apprenticeship Levy plans

The government has published new information on the practicalities of the apprenticeship levy, which takes effect in April 2017.

ULC Robotics appoints new UK executive

Gas

ULC Robotics appoints new UK executive

Graeme Cleeton has been named the new UK vice president of ULC Robotics.

UKPN apprentices inaugurate new Trailblazer standard

Power

UKPN apprentices inaugurate new Trailblazer standard

15 UKPN apprentices have become the first trainees to graduate from the power network craftsperson apprenticeship programme.

Ill-fitting protective equipment puts women at risk

People & Skills

Ill-fitting protective equipment puts women at risk

A study by the union Prospect has found that industry protective equipment is still not suited to female workers, compromising their comfort and safety.

Clarity lacking on apprenticeship levy

Power

Clarity lacking on apprenticeship levy

As network operators struggle to address skills gaps, uncertainty prevails over the delivery of support for apprenticeship training across the UK.

Smarter Grid Solutions appoints new chief executive

People & Skills

Smarter Grid Solutions appoints new chief executive

Technology and consultancy firm Smarter Grid Solutions has announced that Jim Kent is to replace Gerry Docherty as chief executive.

The health and safety challenge

Gas

The health and safety challenge

As financial penalties for failings are set to rise, Network explores the specific health and safety challenges facing network operators.

Drax director to replace Johnson at ENW

People & Skills

Drax director to replace Johnson at ENW

Electricity North West (ENW) has announced Peter Emery as its new chief executive, replacing Steve Johnson in the top role.

Power

Make the future better by design

John Mathers explains why the energy industry sorely needs the skills of design engineers.

Are industry skills challenges insurmountable?

Heat

Are industry skills challenges insurmountable?

Energy networks are struggling to make an impact on their skills outlook despite strong investment in STEM engagement schemes. What needs to change to make a difference?