Continue serving your country even after leaving the armed forces.
With over 14,000 veterans leaving the armed forces each year there is a recognition from industry leaders that the skills, attitudes, behaviour and culture that you acquire while serving in Her Majesty's Armed Forces are invaluable and transferable. A career in to the energy and utilities sector offers a secure future for ex-military personnel, with clear pathways for development at the heart of the UK's economic sustainability.
"When I joined National Grid it was actually breaking down the building blocks of what I did within the services and understanding how that transfers across to civilian opportunities. My technical background gave me that stepping stone into an engineering company."
Wendy, UK Resilience Engineer, National Grid, ex-RAF.
Find out how Wendy transferred her skills from the Royal Air Force to the Power Sector and how you can join the Power Industries here.
Opportunities in Engineering
Advancing technology, plus investment in the renewable and nuclear industries mean that talented engineers are needed more than ever. It's predicted that by 2022, engineering employers will need more than 2.5m people.There’s an immediate need for practical, hands-on, technical problem-solvers who have the desire and initiative to manage, to lead and develop a career in engineering.This is the perfect opportunity to put your skills, knowledge and experience to the test.
A mechanical engineering technician can earn between £18,000 and £35,000 a year. Electrical engineers will earn at least £21,000 and chartered engineers can earn £45,000 or more.
"After leaving the Marines I chose to start my new career path on the SSE trainee engineer programme."
If you're leaving the armed forces and considering a career in the energy and utilities sector, one of the best places to start - whatever your age or background - is an Apprenticeship.
“Before starting my apprenticeship, I was looking for a change of career after serving in the army for eight years. I specialised in communications in the army and after making the decision to leave, I chose to build on the experience I’d already gained and learn new skills through an apprenticeship.”