The power academy in the UK: a successful initiative to attract graduates to the power industry

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The power industry in the UK faces major challenges over the next two decades to renew ageing networks and accommodate new generation, especially renewables. As a consequence, the industry needs to recruit a new generation of well-qualified electrical engineering graduates. This paper describes the IET Power Academy, established in 2004 to attract engineering graduates into employment within the power industry. In 2008, 17 companies and 7 leading UK universities are collaborating in the scheme with over 60 scholarships being offered each year. The scholarship package includes a bursary, a contribution to university fees, paid vacation training and an annual seminar. The scheme can be judged to have been a success to date, though challenges still remain, including persuading greater numbers of school and college leavers to study electrical or electronic engineering at university. As time goes on, while the industry can expect to have largely addressed issues associated with graduate recruitment, mid-career support and retention is likely to emerge as a key concern.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPower & Energy Society General Meeting, 2009. PES '09. IEEE
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-4241-6
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2009
EventIEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting -
Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …


ConferenceIEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting
Period1/01/00 → …


  • aging
  • collaboration
  • educational institutions
  • electrical engineering
  • employment
  • scholarships
  • recruitment
  • power industry
  • power generation
  • power engineering
  • electrical engineering education
  • training


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