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Sembcorp Energy UK Welcomes Largest Intake of New Employees in One Day

September 07, 2022

On September 1, Sembcorp Energy UK (SEUK) broke its records by inducting 20 new hires in one day, the largest single-day-intake in the company’s history. This included 12 apprentices and two positions at flexible energy generation sites in the North West and North East regions. Another 15 employees will be inducted by the end of October.

Headquartered at the Wilton International site, SEUK has partnered with Imperial Recruitment to expand its workforce as it focuses on its growing sustainable solutions businesses.

“This is an exciting time to join Sembcorp Energy UK,” said Jo Potter, Head of Human Resources. “Our company has a storied history and we are actively looking to bring on more talent to support our business as we continue to lead the way in providing more sustainable solutions.”

Anthony Antoniou, of Imperial Recruitment, said the agency has been supporting recruitment in multiple areas, including engineering, finance, operational support, commercial, IT, and procurement. Imperial is recruiting nationwide, as SEUK also has more than 40 flexible energy generation locations across England and Wales.

“Our work with Sembcorp Energy UK has been focused on attracting candidates, but also on building a strong pipeline for future projects,” said Anthony. “We have filled over 75 roles over the last four months. These types of collaborations don’t just provide strong candidates, but they also provide us with a comprehensive search of the market in the recruiting discipline and key market intelligence – that gives confidence of the competitive offer we have.”

SEUK’s headquarters sits within the Teesside Freeport, and Anthony said regional growth initiatives in the North East are creating a candidate-dominated market, as companies are actively attracting a workforce that has benefitted from an escalating economic region.

“I’m excited to be joining the team,” said Natasha Hughes, Compliance Manager. “Sembcorp Energy UK is committed to supporting a more sustainable future and I’m looking forward to being a part of creating greener solutions for the next generation.”


SEUK has welcomed 12 apprentices on September 1, nearly doubling the number of apprentices at Wilton, and is filling openings for another two. Jo said apprentices now constitute 7.8% of the company’s workforce in the North East. “We know that apprenticeships are vital to supporting the future of the industry and cultivating a qualified upcoming workforce will be fundamental to our future success,” said Jo. “In this current recruitment campaign, we have taken a larger volume and diversity of roles in the apprenticeship field than ever before in our history at Sembcorp Energy UK.”

The company has a solid track record of maintaining apprentices and providing flourishing career opportunities. “This also demonstrates there are more ways to progress in solid career paths, rather than only through a university degree, and we have great experience of this,” said Jo.

Graham Taylor, HR Business Partner, started his own career as an apprentice and has a deep knowledge of the benefits from the programme.

“At Sembcorp Energy UK, we have former apprentices who are now Shift Managers, Plant Engineers and Operations Managers – all responsible for managing millions of pounds worth of energy-generating equipment delivering electricity, steam and other vital utilities and services to our customers,” said Graham.

Read about a recent group of apprentices who are now on shift here.

Why people are joining SEUK

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore-headquartered Sembcorp Industries, SEUK receives support, insight, resources and collaboration from the Group’s markets across the world.

In addition to existing employee benefits, SEUK offers match funding for charity, an annual discretionary bonus scheme, and leads by example with progressive programmes like Safety Champions and Mental Health First Aiders.

SEUK continues to emphasise the importance of learning and development, which is an attraction to both current and potential employees; its apprenticeship programmes are highly recognised amongst educational institutions and our industry partners.

SEUK’s commitment to reducing the emissions of the power it supplies to customers at Wilton International with solutions that, in future, could involve low carbon hydrogen or industrial carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS), and support for the Net Zero transition under the Sembcorp Group’s brown to green transformation strategy are huge attractions for recently recruited new hires.

SEUK is excited to grow its team as the company moves forward. For open opportunities, click here.