The UK’s economic recovery continues to make the headlines. Less well reported is the role that the energy sector has played in helping to put us back on track. Contributing 3 per cent of UK GDP, the sector provided £102 billion directly or indirectly through the supply chain activity it supports to our economy in 2012. Additionally 664,000 jobs in the UK – or 1 in 45 – have been supported by the energy sector. This rose in 2012, going against the grain of an extended recession. And unlike other sectors, energy continues to create new jobs across the country.
The sector may be growing but so is the scale of the challenge businesses and organisations face in planning their future energy strategies. Energy has risen up the business agenda with a focus on both reducing demand and guaranteeing supply. There has never been a more exciting – and challenging – time to help organisations navigate their way through the increasingly complex energy world. That’s why I am passionate about our new initiative to stimulate enterprise and new opportunities in the field of energy. Through the MITIE Foundation , the independent charity which focuses on creating opportunities for people of all backgrounds to join the world of work, we will be raising funds to generate new ideas and employment opportunities within Utilyx and the wider energy world.
We will be kick starting our fundraising efforts next month when all our 120 members of staff will either take on the Utilyx Challenge – whether they be running, walking or cycling. This will, I’m sure, be the first of many initiatives in our efforts to support the great work of the MITIE Foundation. In the last year alone the Foundation has found work for 38 unemployed people and supported careers events at more than 100 schools, championed by over 30 Mitie Foundation ambassadors.
MITIE’s founding philosophy is all about creating opportunity and helping people reach their full potential in the world of work. And arguably it is the energy sector that needs that innovation and enterprise more than any other.
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