Ambition: Energy is an initiative between employers and theGovernment which aims to beat skills shortages by training the long-termunemployed to fill 4,500 engineering vacancies. Related posts:No related photos. Energy sector push to help jobless fill skills shortagesOn 18 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today A number of major companies, including British Gas,TotalFinaElf and British Energy, signed up to the scheme after it wassuccessfully piloted by Centrica. Rod Kenyon, HR director at Centrica, said the initiative hasalready led to permanent jobs for four previously unemployed single parents. Energy is the latest sector to join the Ambition scheme, whichhas already started in construction, retail and IT. Companies involved in the scheme initially interviewpotential recruits and then sponsor course members, who remain on benefitsuntil they qualify. “It is an added route to get people back into work. Itis good for the Government because it helps reduce the number of long-termunemployed and is a way of training people and getting them into employmentquickly.” “It helps us recruit trainees to become engineers at atime when there are skills shortages. The initiative will let us recruit fromnon-traditional areas,” he said. An initiative has been launched to help single parents andthe long-term unemployed find jobs in the energy sector following a successfulpilot scheme. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Centrica has a number of part-time positions available forAmbition: Energy students and Kenyon said the firm is also looking to introducea lifestyle contract allowing single parents to choose their own hours.