Low carbon energy recruitment drive could level up, but prove divisive

The Midlands, North and Southwest England have been identified as major growth areas in the UK’s transition to clean power. 

International engineering, digital and project management services group Assystem has announced a low-carbon project boom set to begin in the coming months. In total, 560 new jobs will be created, notably in regions that feature as high priorities in Westminster’s levelling up agenda. 

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Blackburn, Derby, Bristol, and Sunderland potentially stand to gain the most from the recruitment drive. More than 360 new engineering roles, 80 direct and project management positions, 40 infrastructure jobs and 60 business intake opportunities are involved in the plans.

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A large number of these will be involved in developments to support an upgraded and expanded nuclear fleet. Meanwhile, other projects that require skilled workers include HS2, East-West Rail, and Great North Rail. STEP – the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production – which involves the buidl of a new fusion power facility in West Burton also features on the list. The facility has the goal of demonstrating how this technology can generate net electricity, with the associated industry predicted to add billions to the UK economy. 

‘We are looking for people who are passionate about making a difference and align with our ‘Switchers’ spirit. Whether you are taking your first steps on the career ladder or have a wealth of experience to offer, we welcome you to bring your enthusiasm, agility, and resilience to our projects,’ said Vicky Proctor, Head of People at Assystem UK. ‘In return, we offer a fulfilling career path with opportunities for growth, new projects, and learning, all within an inclusive, friendly, and enjoyable work environment.’

While the projects involved do offer a low-carbon gain, many represent divisive propositions in terms of overall impact. Just last week, Wildlife Trusts published new assessments of HS2 which suggested audits to ascertain impact on nature conducted by HS2 Ltd contained ‘fundamental flaws‘. Meanwhile, EDF Energy’s Sizewell C reactor has met stiff opposition from campaign and community groups, and the European Parliament’s decision to label nuclear power as green was labelled the ‘biggest act of greenwashing in history‘. 

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