Energy Industry Advice For State School Students

School students interested in a career in energy are being offered the chance to take part in a nationwide programme to demonstrate the breadth of jobs available in the industry.


National education charity Future First has partnered with Greenergy, the UK’s leading road fuel supplier and Europe’s largest manufacturer of biofuel from waste, to inform state school students about the skills necessary to succeed in the energy and fuel industry.


Under the scheme, Greenergy will welcome local state school students from Years 10, 11 and 12 with an interest in maths, technology and sciences to its fuel terminals and biofuel manufacturing plants.  Greenergy will coordinate site tours, offer talks with apprentices and site management about their own career pathways and provide insight into the study routes they chose to pursue specific roles.


The project forms part of Greenergy’s commitment to promote STEM subjects in higher education and to support young people in local communities.


Greenergy is one of several leading employers working with Future First to connect their employees with young people in schools and colleges. The link between schools and employers enables students to broaden their horizons and boost their confidence, motivation and knowledge about career pathways.


Future First’s partnership with Greenergy will allow more students to see what careers are available on their doorsteps and to access the experience and advice from people who work there.  This opportunity will help the students understand the breadth of opportunities in the sector and the skills needed for this range of jobs.  Future First believes everyone should be able to succeed in a career of their choice, regardless of their background, and the opportunities and insights gained through this partnership will help many young people make more informed choices.


Future First research shows almost five in ten young people receiving Free School Meals don’t know anyone in a job they would like to do and that three quarters of them don’t believe that they can be successful.


Andrew Owens, Greenergy Chief Executive, said, “At Greenergy we employ over 800 people in a range of roles; from IT professionals, engineers, graphic designers to logistics personnel and truck drivers.  By giving students an insight into how our business works, we hope to demonstrate the range of opportunities available in the industry.”


Christine Gilbert, Executive Chair of Future First and a former Ofsted Chief Inspector, said, “Future First’s new partnership with Greenergy will provide inspiring opportunities for more young people to develop their employability skills and gain a greater understanding of the world of work.  Students will see what a modern workplace looks like in action and will be able talk to professionals working at Greenergy. They will be able to connect personally with people whose stories and experiences bring the industry alive.  Hearing from employees in interesting jobs helps students make better informed decisions about what they need for their working life as well as develop the skills employers are looking for today.”


Schools interested in taking part in the scheme should contact Emma Fay, Head of Innovation and Development at Future First, on 0207 239 8933, . Further information about Future First can be found on


For further information contact Press Officer Sue Crabtree on or call one of the team on 0207 239 8933


Picture caption: apprentices working at Greenergy.


About Future First.

Future First is a leading national education charity with the vision that every state school and college should be supported by a thriving, engaged community of former students who help schools do more for current students.

Future First has worked in 900 state schools and colleges across Britain enabling state schools to harness the talents of alumni to inspire and support current students as career and education role models, work experience providers, mentors and e-mentors, governors, donors and fundraisers and as volunteers more widely.

More than 200,000 former students are registered with Future First to stay connected with their former state school or college. They include leading employers, celebrities and everyday heroes in a range of careers from the professions of law and medicine to plumbing and photography.

Every day, Future First alumni are acting as relatable role models to students in their old seats, with stories that are inspirational but also achievable.

Alumni networks have been utilised by many private schools and universities for generations. Future First is the first organisation to embed alumni networks across the state sector.

Future First/YouGov research shows:

·          70 per cent of 16 to 19-year-olds think it will be hard to get a job when they leave school or college.

·          Nearly 39 per cent don’t know anyone in a job they would like to do.

·          Ex-state school students are ten times more likely to view themselves as unsuccessful compared with their privately educated peers.

·          82 per cent of state school students who attend a Future First event say they are motivated to work harder in school now.

·          More than 10 million British adults are willing to support current students at their former state school or college.


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