Scottish Power released a press statement today announcing that it expects to invest over £5billion to upgrade the electricity network in central and southern Scotland over the next 10 years, and is launching a recruitment drive to boost its engineering and technical workforce by creating 300 new roles.
These new roles will include full-time system design roles, high-voltage, direct current (HVDC) development jobs, and transmission and distribution engineers. It is anticipated there will be around 50 new apprenticeships created and the graduate programme will look to take in at least 50 new graduates by 2013.
Four out of five energy industry employees are set to retire over the next 15 years. In this time more than £200bn will be invested in the UK energy sector, with tens of thousands of engineers required to deliver the work. To address this skills gap, ScottishPower is also investing £6.5 million in grassroots skills development between 2011 and 2013.
First Minister Alex Salmond said: “Three hundred new high-skilled jobs for Scotland’s energy sector is very encouraging news indeed. Scottish Power’s £6.5 million commitment is further proof of the continued long term investment by global companies in Scotland’s fast growing renewables industry.
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