With the shortage of engineers within the Scottish manufacturing and energy sector remaining high profile within media reports, it is refreshing to see a forward thinking company, like Scottish Power take the initiative in securing and attracting the best of engineers of the future.
At the start of September 2014, sixteen school leavers started a year long innovative but challenging placement with the leading energy company through The Year in Industry programme, run by nationwide charity the Engineering Development Trust (EDT), as part of Scottish Power’s drive to secure a sustainable skilled workforce.
Students will work across many sites in Central Scotland; each will have a dedicated mentor and a robust work schedule. EDT have run the programme successfully for the past 28 years for pre and undergraduate students, also providing students with a management course to gain a Diploma in First Line Management through the Chartered Management Institute. This course has 3 residential weeks plus nine tough assignments to be completed in their own time as well as their daily work with the company’s networks business, Scottish Power Energy Networks.
The innovative and pioneering Year in Industry programme, has been delivered by the Engineering Development Trust since 1986 and continually proves successful, in forming long lasting partnership with companies and engineering students.
Duncan McSporran, EDT Scotland Director says; “The Year in Industry is the ultimate work experience programme for hard working students, while allowing companies to identify, influence and retain the very best of their future staff. Combining work experience with a challenging business course gives a first class opportunity for both students and companies.”
Resourcing Manager, Stephen Kelly from Scottish Power Energy Networks rates their involvement with the placement programme very highly, stating that “The Year in Industry programme is a valuable development programme and is an important link in our engagement strategy, introducing new young people to the wider careers available in the Electricity Supply Industry. The students deliver key projects while they are in the business which benefits the business in delivering success for our customers, however just as importantly provides the students with key skills which provide an excellent foundation for further education or employment.”
As part of the EDT continuum range of STEM tasters, projects and placements, The Year in Industry has proven successful time and time again, and many leading companies like Scottish Power are taking full advantage of enriching their future talent pipeline.