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UK Power Networks gives students a front seat to the energy transition

Students that recently partook in work experience at UK Power Networks.
Students that recently partook in work experience at UK Power Networks.

UK Power Networks has given students across its network area an inside look at the work going on as part of the energy transition, as well as how the company is helping drive forward net zero. 

Students from across London, the South East and East of England who recently took part in work experience with the distribution network operator had the opportunity to take part in UK Power Networks’ new ‘Powering Potential’ programme. 

The two-week long programme ran across multiple UK Power Networks offices, with Year 12 students given a front seat as to what the distribution network operator is doing to achieve the country’s net zero ambition. 

Additionally, during the two-week insight, the students took part in and collaborated on office-wide surveys on working culture and benefits, and presented their insights to UK Power Networks management members at the company’s Southwark-based head office.

Natasha Paramasamy, STEM Outreach and Development Specialist at UK Power Networks, noted, “Our ‘Powering Potential’ programme is important and counts towards our Levelling Up commitments, by offering opportunities and valuable insights to the younger generation.

“We are celebrating all the work that the students have done during their time at UK Power Networks. During their time with us, they have analysed data surrounding engagement between management and field staff – giving them an insight into different types of employment, both out in the field and also in the office.

“The students have been amazing the whole way throughout the programme. They have been very open to learning. We have been teaching them interview, presentation and employability skills. They confidently delivered their analyses of engagement within UK Power Networks, along with innovative solution proposals, to their peers. Their performance has been truly commendable.”

Lola Ewer, 17, from Lewes, East Sussex, who took part in the programme, added, “We have been looking at communication and engagement between the field engineers, the network operations department, and the senior management teams.

“My favourite part has been working as part of a team. I really enjoyed communicating with other people, and maybe I’d like to try working full-time in an office in the future. I’m interested in people and psychology, so working in the HR department at UK Power Networks could be a future job opportunity for me.

“The main thing I have learnt is that communication is key: being clear, and concise with your communication will help you get where you need to be.”

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