Stories

Whether they’re the head of marketing promoting smart meters, the customer service representative helping you change your gas company, or an apprentice kick-starting their career - there’s a story behind everyone.

Read the stories behind the people making a difference in the energy and utilities sector. Be inspired. 

 

Jan Ward, CBE, Chair, Energy & Utility Skills

Jan's Q&A - Professional

“I am in a great position to help make a difference in our sector which is vital for the United Kingdom. I was once in need of inspiration.”
Safanah Riaz, Apprentice, British Gas

Safanah's Story - Apprentice

"The opportunity to gain hands-on experience was one of the things that stood out about an apprenticeship and persuaded me this was the route for me."
Lewis Hipwell, Graduate, McNicholas

Lewis's Story - Graduate

“Every day is different and poses problems to solve, and that is what I really enjoy.”
Zoe's Story - Apprentice

Zoe's Story - Apprentice

“No woman should be put off by an apprenticeship with an energy or utilities company because it could lead to a new career with great prospects.”
Jan Ward, CBE, Chair, Energy & Utility Skills

Jan's Story - Professional

"There are so many opportunities in the energy and utilities sector and Talent Source Network is a great initiative to help you find them.”
Ben Mitchelmore

Ben's Story - Service Leaver

“I would recommend it to anyone leaving school or looking for a change of career, like me. This apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to earn while I learn.”
Alex Lowe, Graduate, E.ON UK

Alex L's Story - Graduate

“I’ve felt very trusted and pushed to do roles and projects that I don’t have previous experience in.”
Alex Sanderson, Apprentice, UKPN

Alex S's Story - Apprentice

"I’m proud to be the first woman to gain this qualification. I’m dyslexic…my colleagues couldn’t have been more supportive."
Stuart Rattray, Engineering Academy Specialist, British Gas

Stuart's Story - Professional

“I chose to earn and learn at the same time.”
Ryeannie Scullion, Apprenticeship, British Gas

Ryeannie's Story - Apprentice

"Even though I had no idea what I was going into when I began my apprenticeship, it’s definitely one of the best things I’ve done."
Alex McLoughlin, Professional, E.ON

Alex M's Story - Professional

"The opportunities involved with my role are fantastic; I have travelled across the UK, Scotland and Germany, attended conferences in London, and sailed on various different boats."
Iain Bell, British Gas, Professional, Talent Source Network

Iain's Story - Professional

"For me, going down the apprenticeship route has always been the right decision. It is a unique opportunity to learn about a role, and a business, in a really immense way."
Stephie Pascal, Graduate, British Gas

Stephie's Story - Graduate

“The work I do is important to almost all aspects of daily life - keeping us warm during the winter, keeping the lights on, and cooking food!”
Ellie Taylor, Graduate, E.ON UK

Ellie's Story - Graduate

"I love working for a company who cares, and with people who care. I love how dynamic the sector is – no two days are the same.”
Shannon, Graduate, FCC

Shannon's Story - Graduate

“Don’t let reservations or stereotypes hold you back. Waste is a vast and ever changing industry that is full of interesting challenges and opportunities requiring all sorts of skills.”
Ryan Stafford, Graduate, Morrison Utility Services

Ryan's Story - Graduate

“What I love about working here, which is relevant to all roles I have done and will do in the future; every day is a new challenge.”
Sophie Russell, Design Engineer, ScottishPower

Sophie's Story - Graduate

“It's an industry where you come to work, do something different every single day and have to constantly innovate.”