ScottishPower creates 1000 new jobs in green recruitment drive

ScottishPower creates 1000 new jobs in green recruitment drive

The roles are all integral to delivering the UK’s net zero targets

ScottishPower has announced its biggest ever recruitment drive, with at least 1,000 new jobs to be filled in the next 12 months.

The announcement follows a number of green energy infrastructure projects secured by the company in the first half of 2022.

The projects, all integral to delivering the UK’s net zero targets, include:

  • Securing contracts for a record 16 renewable energy projects – offshore, onshore and solar – across the UK in the Allocation Round 4 process. Totalling 2.1 GW, these projects will almost double the company’s green energy generation capacity, spurring investment of up to £4bn. 
  • Earlier this month, the ESO’s Holistic Network Design plan set out the need for £5bn of investment in 12 SP Energy Networks onshore transmission projects that will be essential for delivering the UK’s 2030 offshore wind targets.  
  • In June, Ofgem published its Draft Determination for a £3bn upgrade for SP Energy Networks distribution network as part of the ED2 price control. This forms the basis for preparing the electricity network to connect renewable energy and the electrification of transport and heat.
  • In January, ScottishPower was a big winner in the ScotWind auction, with seabed rights awarded for three offshore projects with total capacity of 7GW – two large-scale floating projects in partnership with Shell and one solo fixed project. Taken together, these projects treble ScottishPower’s offshore wind pipeline to more than 10GW and boost its position in UK’s offshore wind market.

Keith Anderson, ScottishPower CEO, said: “The future of energy in the UK has become a critical issue. Our climate change ambitions, the importance of energy sovereignty and the cost-of-living crisis all point to a need for speed in delivering more green, more secure and more affordable energy.

“These three critical needs are not in conflict with each other and, given our unique position in the UK as the only integrated energy company investing in renewables, electricity grids and helping homes to decarbonise, ScottishPower is an engine for growth across the communities we serve.

“The momentum of the first six months of 2022 and our record of achievement now gives us our biggest ever investment pipeline of green energy assets to help deliver the Government’s energy strategy and net zero for the UK.

“As a direct result, we now need at least 1,000 people to join us in new positions over the next twelve months to design, build and operate this green energy infrastructure and that’s why today, we’re issuing our biggest ever call for green recruits right across the country to fulfil our ambitions.”

These roles will be directly employed across all areas of ScottishPower’s businesses and at all stages, from trainees to time served trades and supporting roles.  The UK supply chain will also see a further boost and potentially thousands more indirect jobs created as the company’s billions of pounds worth of projects advance at pace.

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