Renewable energy firm Drax has unveiled its new Opportunity Action Plan, which sets out to improve employability for one million people by 2025.
Jane Imrie

North Yorkshire renewables firm to improve employability for one million people

A North Yorkshire-based energy specialist has announced a new initiative aiming to improve employability for a million people.

Renewable energy firm Drax has unveiled its new Opportunity Action Plan, which sets out to improve employability for one million people by 2025.

In partnership with the Social Mobility Pledge led by former Education Secretary Justine Greening, Drax will aims to support one million people to improve skills, education and employability through its ‘Mobilising a Million’ initiative.

Clare Harbord, Drax group director of corporate affairs, commented: “Drax, along with other businesses, has an important part to play in making sure we have a future workforce with the skills to deliver the new technologies needed to decarbonise the economy and meet the UK’s net zero target.

“By boosting education, skills and employability opportunities for a million people, we can start to level the playing field and build a more diverse workforce.

“This will make the energy sector stronger and able to make a more significant contribution to the UK’s green recovery from Covid.”

Justine Greening, co-founder of the Social Mobility Pledge, added: “Achieving true social mobility in Britain and levelling up our country is a huge challenge but one that businesses are rising to . “Businesses like Drax have a crucial role to play in levelling up, and ensuring that our country’s Net Zero targets and ambitions are not just met, but delivered in a way that creates opportunities and levels up communities like Selby, Ipswich, Northampton and in Scotland where Drax has its operations.

“In publishing this Opportunity Action Plan and marking its ambition to improve skills, education, employability and opportunity for one million people - Drax has demonstrated its commitments to making a positive social impact.”

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