Net Zero News Issue 8

New year, new net zero career?

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New year, new net zero career?

  • Publish Date: Posted over 1 year ago
  • Author: Marketing Team

If you’re heading into 2023 looking for a new challenge, then a role supporting the energy transition to net zero may be the right move for you.

When we think about the various net zero projects coming to life in recent years, it’s easy to make the mistake of thinking that they only provide opportunities for experienced engineers. For many initiatives though entire new teams are being established – from finance to commercial, trades to technical. With a range of roles available from junior and trainee positions to senior leaders – it’s an exciting time to aim your sights on moving into a net zero career.

Planning your transition to a new sector

Some green energy industries are still in their infancy, which means businesses will struggle to find enough candidates with direct experience. This provides a great opportunity to consider transferrable skills, which is something we’re passionate about here at NRL.

We know that many core skills are developed where candidates are involved in a wide range of projects or sectors – which provide a great foundation for future industries. The key is to ensure these are highlighted throughout the recruitment process – from your CV to your interview. It’s something your NRL consultant will be happy to support you with, so don’t be afraid to reach out to our regional teams if you’re looking to move into a new sector.

You can start the ball rolling yourself by taking a look at our Applying to work in a new sector article. Another great thing to consider to support your application is an engineering portfolio to bring your experience to life, and you can find out more information about how to do this here.

Consider returning to STEM to play your part in the race to net zero

Modelling from the International Energy Agency (IEA), suggests that the energy transition to meet net zero targets by 2030 will support around 14 million jobs across the world, making it a great time for people to think about moving back to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) jobs if they’ve departed the energy sector in recent years. Research commissioned from the Climate Change Committee (CCC) projects an increase in UK GDP of around 2-3% by 2050 thanks to carbon reduction efforts – which could equate to 300,000 additional jobs on home soil.

To help with the return to STEM, as more and more organisations advertise net zero jobs, the Open University have developed a free eight-week course. You can find out more about it in a past article we wrote on our Recruitment website.

Did you know?

Across the UK on average 4.4K searches are made online each month looking for a new job. That’s a lot of people looking for a new challenge or change of scenery.

If it’s been a while since you brushed the dust off your CV and checked through it, then it’s a good time to give it a refresh and check it’s doing the job of selling you to potential employers. If you need any help, head over to our Recruitment website to read our How to make your CV stand out article.

The latest roles from NRL

You can see some of our net zero job vacancies we’re supporting our clients with below:


Aberystwyth, Contract, £20-40 per hour

Working on the CEFN Croes Windfarm, to support with maintenance and repair work.


Cavan (County Wicklow), Permanent, €22-30 per hour

Responsible for undertaking the servicing of wind turbine generators and ancillary equipment.


Hybrid – Glasgow/Gateshead/Kings Langley/Truro, Permanent, £30-60,000 per annum

Great opportunity to join the world’s largest independent renewable energy company, supporting their hydrogen projects.


Sunderland, Permanent, Negotiable depending on experience

Working for a leading construction company to support an exciting green energy project in the North East.


Torquay/Winchester/Swindon (3 positions), Contract, £500 per day

Supporting a busy site working with the Factory Lead, Logistics Lead and Project Manager for delivery of equipment to construction sites.

Looking for something different?

We have a number of roles available to work in the renewable energy industry and net zero projects. Search all our roles below.


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