Equality and Diversity Forum
The Energy industry is facing a time of unprecedented change over the coming years, with the impacts of smart metering, smart grids, decentralised generation and the electrification of transport due to shake up the sector. Additionally, with the changing skill set needed to deliver necessary levels of innovation and creativity – there is an apparent skills gap, not to mention the impacts of Brexit upon the labour market. Making the industry’s recruitment, retention and progression practices is one way to reduce the impact of this skills gap. The onus for addressing the industry skills gap should not rest with one company.
On Monday 18 March Energy UK’s Equality and Diversity Forum hosted a two-hour workshop with The Equal Group on how to address the industry skills gap and increase diversity and inclusion.
Over 20 members and stakeholders attended the workshop which focused on the ways that the industry can collaborate on early market interventions; the use of data and tech to support the removal of barriers to inclusion; how companies can measure progress against ‘soft’ attributes such as inclusive cultures, innovation and diversity of thought and ensuring that companies and the industry reap the full benefits of investing in diversity and inclusion.
It was an informative and practical session and members had the opportunity to share the challenges they face including attracting diverse workforce when based outside of London, having EU headquarters and using recruitment agencies. If you would like to find out more about the Equality and Diversity Forum and stay up-to-date on upcoming events subscribe to our mailing list here.