Our previous international blog posts have largely focused on international Career Technical Education (CTE)/Vocational education systems and how they operate. Today, we will look at CTE through the lens of an international employer in an interview with Aaron Coulson, New Talent Manager at National Grid in the UK. This is part of our ongoing blog series with Asia Society’s Global Learning Blog on Education Week.
Can you describe a little bit about your company and your need for global talent?
National Grid is an international electricity and gas company based in the UK and northeastern U.S. As owners and operators of the high-voltage electricity transmission network in England and Wales and the high pressure gas transmission system in Britain, we are committed to safeguarding our global environment for future generations and providing all our customers with the highest standards of service through investment in our networks and through our talented, diverse workforce.
In my role working with Our Academy, our largest training center in the UK, I am responsible for all of National Grid’s entry-level talent development programs, an integral component of the company’s ‘grow your strategy,’ that helps develop the skills and knowledge of new employees in the company. The following best outlines our focus areas:
- Providing the resources and support they need to develop and build on the wealth of experience and talent that already exists across the organization.
- Attracting and retaining high-quality employees.
- Developing new talent through apprenticeships, our graduate training program and engineer training program.
- Supporting the development of our employees in order to ensure the future success of our organization.
Our Academy has garnered much recognition for our approach to developing new talent and our training programs receive a high number of applicants per year.
Read more about National Grid’s role in the UK CTE system including their work developing new employer-led apprenticeship standards and advice for organizations who want to engage in the field on Education Week’s Global Learning blog.
Katie Fitzgerald, Communications Associate