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Scottish Utility SSEN Launches New Diversity Program for Job Seekers on International Women in Engineering Day

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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is providing a step up to people looking to get back into work after a career break with the launch of a new jobs scheme

The organization is rolling out its 'STEM Returners' program, with jobs being offered across its southern England distribution operation; where the network operator designs, builds and maintains the electricity infrastructure for over 3.1 million homes and businesses.

The objective is to attract a diverse range of people to careers within the organization, particularly those who are not working currently. The company needs skilled workers to power its transition to net zero emissions, accelerate a green economic recovery and support the delivery of an electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure critical for the move to net zero.

This transition will create long-term and sustainable jobs across the UK, and SSEN is working to ensure these opportunities are open and accessible. As part of these efforts the STEM Returners program aims to help people come back into a growing and vital industry.

Eliane Algaard is SSEN's Operations Director for central southern England, leading a team of over 1,500 people from her working base in Reading, Berkshire. As a chartered civil engineer with an MSc and PhD and a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Eliane has welcomed the STEM Returners program which will build on skill sets across the organization and ultimately help aid economic and social recovery from corona virus through the creation of jobs.

Eliane said, "I am delighted that this scheme to reintroduce highly skilled STEM employees back in to the workforce has launched today, on International Women in Engineering Day.

"As someone who has studied and worked in Engineering for many years, I am aware of the potential challenges. Ultimately though, I am more aware of the rewards and working at SSEN at such an exciting time - as we build and develop our network to help homes and businesses meet their net zero goals and tackle climate change - is hugely rewarding.

"I would encourage anyone who has studied STEM subjects in the past to find out more about the important roles they can play in helping SSEN meet its own green commitments and goals, and achieving a fair transition to net zero for all our customers."

The program itself was founded by experienced recruiter Natalie Desty and every person that joined SSE's pilot scheme - which ran thru 2020 - went on to be offered a permanent role within the company.

To find out more about SSE's STEM Returners jobs and how to apply, please go to the Stem Returners Program


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