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1 The Power Academy Dr Nicholas Moiseiwitsch Head of Engineering Policy The IEE

2 Business Challenge Facing the Power Sector Past: Aggressive cost focus post privatisation Radical change to deliver 50% reduction in network charges and improved performance 60% reduction in employees across the sector Very limited recruitment in technical skills areas Future: Focus on exploiting best practice operations and efficient delivery of investment £5.7bn over next five years and to continue beyond 50% increase in investment across the sector

3 Typical Company HR Strategy Engineers – HNC trainees – Graduates/IEE Power Academy – Trained Engineers Technicians – Career progression for Craftsmen – Increased project management/senior authorised skills Craftsmen/Assistants – Apprentices (14+ and 16+) – Re-train adults (ex-service/Ambition Energy/young offenders/company re-trainees)

4 The Power Academy In June 2004, the IEE, nine UK Power networking and research companies, the Universities of Manchester, Southampton and Strathclyde, and Energy & Utility Skills, formed the Power Academy in response to the ever decreasing number of qualified Power Engineers in the UK.

5 Aims The Academy aims to attract more students to Power Engineering courses with a mix of financial incentives, technical training and business education. The Academy will promote the opportunities to be gained from a career in the power industry. In the first year, approximately 50 scholarships have been offered.

6 Power Academy Partners Energy & Utility Skills University of Strathclyde University of Southampton University of Manchester

7 Power Academy Partners The IEE SSE EA Technology United Utilities CE Electric Central Networks Scottish Power EDF Energy National Grid Transco Western Power Distribution

8 New Power Academy Partners in 2005 ABB Atkins Power Jersey Electricity PB Power Siemens VA Tech Viridian and Queen’s, Belfast

9 Power Academy Fundamentals MOU signed by all Partners Common Scholarship Package Agreed Selection Process Web site Portal Communication Marketing and Branding Governance

10 Package A bursary of £2,000 pa Book allowance Payment of University fees An annual seminar A minimum of eight weeks paid vacation training experience University Mentor Portal Website Free IEE Student Membership for duration of degree course Promising Career

11 Student Selection Process Selection of scholars June – December Existing students – October New students – November Methodology – varied: Mini assessment centre Campus Interview Second interview at the company

12 How We Work with Partners Executive Committee Practitioners Group Marketing Group Finance Committee Council

13 Future Issues The size and quality of the initial recruitment pond Increasing the future number of students Bringing in new universities Assessing the interest of key contracting companies in the Academy concept

14 Suggested Discussion Areas: Partnerships with Universities – how far can we go? Is this initiative purely because of the market demand for types of graduates? How effective is student sponsorship? Will this initiative increase the number of power engineering graduates? How large should the Academy become? Is the model attractive to other industries? How will we be able to assess its success? Bringing asset owners together with suppliers and contractors – is that a good idea?

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