Net Zero Energy Officer Apprentice

Organization: NHS
Location: Quarry House, Leeds
Duration: Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Apprenticeship)
Pay/Volunteer: £20,330 per annum
Deadline: 15/12/2021 23:59
Leading sustainable change

There’s never been a more exciting time to join the NHS as we embark on our commitment to become the world’s first net zero carbon (NZC) national health system by 2040, setting global standards for healthcare providers.

The NHS Long Term Plan outlines the need for change to tackle the climate “health emergency” to help prevent illness, reduce pressure on A&Es, and save tens of thousands of lives. We need people with a passion for sustainability and tackling climate change to make our ambitious plans a reality.

We have already made great strides in improving our carbon footprint and reducing the environmental impact of our service, investing £50m in an LED lighting replacement programme and by 2022 we will have invested a further £260m in NZC initiatives across our estate. As the largest employer in England, responsible for around 4% of the nation’s carbon emissions and with 1.4 million staff working across 1,140 hospitals and 7,500 primary care buildings, we have a major part to play in meeting national climate change goals.

We are therefore expanding our sustainability and NZC team to drive forward our commitment. This is a once in a lifetime career opportunity to be part of tackling climate change across the largest public estate in the country.

About the role

Based at either St James’ University Hospital, Leeds or Northampton General Hospital, you will work locally with our specialist sustainability and estates team on the ground and be managed and mentored by the National NHS Estates and Facilities Sustainability Team centrally. You’ll gain a broad range of experience in all aspects of energy and carbon management as well as further developing your skills through the completion of the Junior Energy Managers Level 3 apprenticeship.

The projects you get involved in and the breadth of learning you get access to will be broad ranging and sector leading, supporting the NHS to meet energy and cost reduction objectives and targets within the context of wider sustainability commitments, such as carbon and water management and social value.

You’ll gain a broad range of technical knowledge and skills such as understanding the economics of energy consumption, environmental and regulatory requirements relevant to energy and climate change as well as hands-on activities such as conducting energy and water audits.

As well as working on-site in a hospital, you will spend one day a week studying towards your apprenticeship and be part of a wider NHS cohort of energy apprentices as well as having regular contact and support from your dedicated tutor and your line manager.
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