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Spencer Ogden commits to providing 2,000 engineers at opening of the of new energy training centre

The engineers trained at the centres will play a leading role in installing smart energy meters, which are the backbone of the smart dual fuel scheme. At the opening of the first centre, Spencer Ogden committed to providing 2,000 trainee engineers over the next four years, the largest single recruitment of workforce through the Academy.

The scheme, which will see an energy saving smart meter installed in every UK home and business by 2020, is the largest domestic energy roll-out in decades and requires an estimated 10,000 engineers.

Based in Bradford, the flagship Utilities Academy centre will recruit, train, supply and retain specialist dual fuel and smart metering engineers, accredited by the National Skills Academy for Power and BPEC.

Neil Robertson, Chief Executive of Energy and Utility Skills, said:

“The energy sector is in an extremely serious situation to ensure the government’s significant investment in this roll-out is carried out with the correct workforce, skills, and knowledge.  Our mission is to ensure our energy industries have the skills they need now and in the future the Utilities Academy is a fine example of just that.”

David Spencer-Percival, CEO of Spencer Ogden, said:?

“We are excited to be partnering with Utilities Academy. It is a fantastic opportunity to support the organisation’s UK expansion and, at a time of unprecedented demand in the smart industry, to help the UK energy industry hit its delivery targets.

“The government scheme is a great initiative and will both save money for consumers and spark employment nationwide.”

Founded in 2010, Spencer Ogden is the first recruitment consultancy to service the entire end-to-end energy sector. In 2014 Spencer Ogden received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and won International Growth Business of the Year at the National Business Awards, its revenue topped $75million in 2014.

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