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Reaching Net Zero is high in importance for Generation Z

12 October 2020

Jobs in low-carbon technology await eco-minded 18-24-year olds

The UK’s mood on Net Zero has been tested by a recent YouGov poll of the UK population which revealed that 79% of 18-24-year olds believe it is important for the country to be a Net-Zero emissions nation.

The sentiment from Generation Z on the topic of the energy transition is higher than that expressed by Baby Boomers (74%) and Millennials (74%), and in good time for them to capitalise on thousands of jobs in the energy sector.

This is welcome news to Assystem, the global nuclear engineering company that commissioned the poll to find out how young people entering the jobs market feel about the energy transition.

Simon Barber Assystem’s UK Business Development Director said: “We are delighted to hear that this age group really cares about fighting for a low carbon economy in the UK. Today we have launched a recruitment campaign to find enthusiastic, motivated engineers and STEM graduates to join our company and benefit from having access to most exciting projects that will sit right at the heart of the nation’s low carbon economy.

“Nuclear power is the second largest source of low carbon energy in the world and in the UK, nuclear projects such as Hinkley Point C, Sizewell C and Small Modular Reactors will mean thousands of employment opportunities in low carbon technology development.

“Put frankly, if you’re interested in science, technology, engineering and maths, and you care about Net Zero, then nuclear is the career for you.”

Providing 10% of global electricity supply, nuclear power is the second-largest source of low-carbon electricity today and has a key role to play in a low carbon energy mix. In the UK nuclear provides around 20% of the nation’s electricity, acting as a secure and stable baseload source of energy to the grid.

For the first time in more than 20 years nuclear power is being built again in the UK at Hinkley Point C. Other projects, including Sizewell C and the UK SMR programme led by Rolls-Royce, are ready to go and if progressed, will create thousands of jobs across the UK supply chain.

Assystem is the world’s second largest nuclear engineering company with UK locations in London, Blackburn, Bristol, Sunderland, Whitehaven, Derby, Warrington and Glasgow. The company is committed to gender diversity and through its #INCREDIBLEWOMEN programme is focused on taking positive action to recruit more women to the new opportunities in the UK nuclear industry.

The company is seeking candidates for roles in project management, nuclear safety, mechanical engineering, systems engineering, safety engineering and EC&I engineering in the North West, South West, North East and Midlands regions.

In West Scotland, Assystem is also seeking mechanical, electrical, HV, controls and instrumentation and electrical engineering roles, the latter in the field of transmission and distribution.

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