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Net Zero Energy Officer Apprentice

NHS England and NHS Improvement
Competitive salary
Closing date
4 Jul 2022

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2-year fixed term contract

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. In 2022 we 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 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.

About you
Technically aware with good numeracy, data, and communication skills, you'll be a team player who is keen to learn and continuously improve their knowledge of energy management and sustainability.

Just as important is your personal passion and commitment to delivering sustainability and climate change as well as your enthusiasm and proactivity for getting involved in a broad range of projects.

Apprenticeship Eligibility
You must have the right to work in England, not be enrolled on another apprenticeship at the same time as this new apprenticeship and be 16 years of age or older.

This qualification should be a higher level than one that you already hold. If it is the same level as, or at a lower level than, a qualification you already have, you must be able to demonstrate that it provides you with new skills and training materially different to that which you already hold.

As such, a recent graduate in Environmental / Energy Management or a candidate that already works in energy management or sustainability would be ineligible for this role.

These roles have been developed to support our widening participation programme and increase the diversity of staff within NHS Estates and Facilities Management. We therefore welcome applications from under-represented groups, especially disabled, female and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, who are currently under-represented within our workforce.

The National NHS Estates and Facilities Team
The purpose of our team is to provide a clean, safe and sustainable estate and patient environment across the NHS.
This is a fantastic time to join us as we continue to grow and expand to deliver on the NHS Long Term Plan commitments, such as the build of 40 new hospitals and our commitment to sustainability.

Why join us
People are central to what we do - both in terms of our patient-led care but just as importantly, our brilliant team. We are committed to building a diverse, inclusive and compassionate workforce supporting everyone to reach their full potential.

You'll be joining a supportive and friendly team where you can truly be yourself. You'll also have access to fantastic benefits such as great annual leave entitlement and health service discounts from 100s of retailers and service providers.

If you are passionate about climate change and want to make a tangible difference to people's lives, join us on this exciting journey.

Application Form Supporting Statement Guidelines
Please cover the following points in the Supporting Statement section of your application form to help us build a better picture of your suitability for the role:
- Evidence of your data analytics/numerical skills
- Examples of your communication skills
- Your passion for sustainability

For further details please contact:

Name: Ian Stenton
Job title:National Sustainability Programme Manager
Email address:

Our commitments to you

We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better patient outcomes. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, disability, neuro-divergence, sex, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability and/or who are neuro-divergent.

Applications are welcomed from applicants who wish to apply for a position on the basis of a smarter or flexible working arrangement. Where candidates are successful at interview, such requests will be taken under consideration and accommodated where the needs of the service allow.

Please note that we currently do not accept applications via CV or recruitment agencies.

The NHSBSA is responsible for the processing of your application; a privacy notice is attached to advise you on how we will process your personal data.

After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our preferred third-party recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from If you are appointed to a post, information will also be transferred into the NHS Electronic Staff Records system.

You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through NHS Jobs, and furthermore, as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via NHS Jobs. If you have a query relating to your application, please contact the recruitment team on or 0300 330 1369.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2/skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website .

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2/skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

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