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A key priority of the Energy & Utilities Workforce Renewal and Skills Strategy: 2020 is attracting and recruiting more diverse talent into our sector. We serve 67 million people every day and our current workforce fails to fully represent them. We need to attract more women, more people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, more people with disabilities and more young people. Only 7% of the sector’s employees are from black, Asian or minority ethnic groups compared to 13% nationally. Most of our workforce is male and white.
Facing this challenge, CEOs from the sector’s leading businesses have committed to proactively change these statistics and make their businesses more attractive and available to under-represented talent. Leveraging its collective impact, the partnership is committed to working across all industries within our sector to recruit and attract a workforce that mirrors and speaks to the communities it serves. Through its work, the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership is highlighting the great work already being done by the sector as well as continuing to drive change through its ongoing commitment to inclusive attraction, recruitment, and development of its workforce.
The Inclusion Commitment launched in February 2019 and there are now 45 signatories tackling the challenge we face together, recognising that no one company can do this alone if things are to change.