UK Power Networks CEO Scarsella to chair Energy & Skills Partnership
19 Jun 2017
UK Power Networks CEO Basil Scarsella has been appointed as the new chair of the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership – the advocate organisation on workforce issues affecting the sector.
He succeeds Tony Cocker, the former chief executive at E.ON UK who has held the position since last year.
Scarsella said: ”I am delighted and honoured to take on this role, as I appreciate how important it is to develop a sustainable workforce in an industry that is essential to meet people’s everyday needs.
“UK Power Networks has already trained more than 250 apprentices in the past five years to help fill the industry’s skills gap and we will continue to attract talented and promising new recruits over the coming months and years. Every company is only as good as its employees.”
Basil Scarsella takes over as chair at a time of increased recognition of the significant contribution the sector can make
Tony Cocker, retiring chair, Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership
Under Cocker’s leadership the partnership published its first strategic plan, the Workforce Renewal & Skills Strategy. The 29 leading utility employers who form the body’s partners, say the sector needs to recruit 221,000 people over the next 10 years, with 20% of its workforce retiring over that same period.
“Basil Scarsella takes over as chair at a time of increased recognition of the significant contribution the sector can make to increased growth and productivity. I’ve no doubts that he’ll lead the skills partnership to build on these early successes and I wish him the best of luck,” stated Cocker.