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Places in pipeline for training scheme that advances women’s careers in the utilities industry

Places in pipeline for training scheme that advances women’s careers in the utilities industry

13 April 2021

Develop Training is seeking aspirational women to join a free national programme that helps accelerate them to leadership roles within the utilities sector. 

Nominations are sought for women to fill places on the Women in Utilities success programme, which provides 15 days of expert industry training at no cost to the participant.

The course is designed to provide the experience, qualifications, managerial and technical skills to empower women in the utilities industry, enabling them to take on roles that have traditionally been carried out by men.

Find out more about the programme here.

Generating gender diversity in the utilities sector

Develop Training has partnered with Severn Trent, British Gas and Eon to create the programme in an effort to generate more gender diversity in the sector.

Nichola Kitching, key account manager for Develop Training, said: “I would urge any woman with ambition to take advantage of what this programme offers. 

“This advanced programme provides a real opportunity for women in the utility industry, giving access to high quality training, networking and mentoring to support their progression in this male dominated industry.”

How to nominate yourself or a colleague

Women can either nominate themselves or utilities companies can put forward female members of their staff for the programme, by downloading and completing a form before May 31. Click here for further info.

A judging panel will interview a shortlist of candidates before the end of June and between six and eight successful applicants will be notified of their place on the programme by the end of July. Training will commence in September. 

UK-wide training provision

Develop Training, part of the JTL Group, is one of the UK’s leading providers of compliance, technical and safety training. Based in Ascot Drive, Derby, it also has dedicated training centres in York, Romford, Swindon, Manchester, Linlithgow, in Scotland, and Lisburn, in Northern Ireland.

Just 17 per cent of the workforce in the utilities sector are female

The Women in Utilities success programme was devised following a study from the Energy and Utilities Skills Partnership, which found that just 17 per cent of the workforce in the utilities sector were female, and 99 per cent of “craft” or technical roles were held by men. This compares with a UK workforce average of 47 per cent women.

The programme was first launched in 2020 and, despite some delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, it has already shown impressive results for the eight women who have taken part.

Major success for former utilities administrator

Annie Thompson (29), from Leeds, was the first to be accepted on the Women in Utilities success programme. She has recently celebrated a major promotion from her former administrative role within Northern Gas Networks to managing contracts on gas holder demolition sites.

Annie said: “The training from Develop has been amazing, and the fact that they are willing to support women getting into these roles is amazing.”

Click here to find out more about Annie and her recent promotion.

Ongoing mentoring scheme

Annie will now be continuing her association with Develop by acting as a mentor for new women joining the programme.   

To find out more about Develop Training’s Women in Utilities success programme or to download a nomination form, visit

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