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The Future Skills Podcast

The Future Skills Podcast

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Brought to you by Universal Skills, we talk about the future careers in Smart Metering, Renewables, EV and much more. Speaking to our colleagues in the energy industry about the strive for a more sustainable future.
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Best Bits: Advice to future SMART Engineers (Part 2)
For the end part of our series, The Future Skills Podcast has decided to take out some best bits and gather them into question categories. In this episode, we listen in closer to some of the advice our guests have given to people getting started in the electrical industry.
08:21
December 3, 2021
Best Bits: Advice to future SMART Engineers.
For the end part of our series, The Future Skills Podcast has decided to take out some best bits and gather them into question categories. In this episode, we listen in closer to some of the advice our guests have given to future/current engineers in the SMART industry.
07:50
November 30, 2021
Origin Story: Dan Taylor
In this week's instalment of the Future Skills Podcast, our very own Katy guest hosts with Dan Taylor on the other end of the mic! This time the tables have turned and it's Dan who's getting interrogated!
28:13
November 19, 2021
Best Bits: Origin Stories
For the end part of our series, The Future Skills Podcast has decided to take out some best bits and gather them into question categories. In this episode, we dive deeper into the "Origin Stories" of some of our guests on our Podcasts.
06:31
November 12, 2021
Best Bits: What advice would you give to your younger self?
For the end part of our series, The Future Skills Podcast has decided to take out some best bits and gather them into question categories. In this episode, we dive deeper into the "What advice would you give to your younger self?" question and highlight what everyone has covered in relation to this question!
06:28
November 5, 2021
Be Inspired: Scott Manson - MDS
Dan is joined by Scott Manson from Morrison Data Services in this latest episode of The Knowledge Hub. Scott is responsible for the Head of Technical Safety at MDS. Dan talks with Scott about how he got into the sector and where the training will be heading, also covering what's happening at MDS at the moment.
35:07
October 29, 2021
Be Inpsired: Continuous Improvement
In a different spin to the podcast Dan is joined by Katy Garside and Mariam Hussain from Universal Skills Group, Dan, Katy and Mariam discuss USG's apprenticeship provision and their continuous improvement plans.
20:45
October 15, 2021
Be Inspired: Stephanie Ward - Female Electrician
In this instalment of The Future Skills Podcast,  our very own Sharnie Rose talks with Stephanie Ward, a Female Electrician starting up in the industry. Sharnie and Stephanie talk through how she got into the industry and the path she's come down to get to where she is now.
29:21
September 24, 2021
Be Inspired: Building a SMART Metering Workforce - Paul Mumford
Dan is joined by Paul Mumford from Search Energy in this latest episode of The Knowledge Hub. Paul is responsible for a large Smart Metering workforce and has worked in the energy sector for over 20 years, Dan discusses the opportunities within the Smart Metering industry, the new entrant training route and the progression routes Paul has seen so far with his team, plus further progression routes to come in the future.
22:41
September 3, 2021
Be Inspired: Mike Gadd - YESSS Electrical
In this instalment of The Future Skills podcast Mike Gadd from YESSS Electrical joins Dan Taylor to talk all things EV. They talk about the EV sector in general and all the changes to the Domestic Grant Funding coming in 2022.
25:13
August 20, 2021
Be inspired: Michaela Wain, Entrepreneur & The Apprentice
In this instalment of The Future Skills Podcast, Michaela Wain from Design & Build and finalist of the Apprentice joins our very own Sharnie Rose. Michaela is an entrepreneur and runs several companies, one being a lead generation platform which give information for new and upcoming projects in the North West.  Sharnie talks with Michaela about her upbringing, businesses and about her passion for "women in construction". Sharnie herself has a background in construction now engineering and both share their thoughts on why women are not entering a male dominated industry and their thoughts on how they can.  *Disclaimer - this video does contain some colourful language*
39:49
July 30, 2021
Be Inspired: Stephen Smith from EV Comply
In this instalment of the podcast Stephen Smith from EV Comply joins Dan, EV Comply offer a 'Business in a Box' solution for the EV industry and provide all of the support needed for installers and companies ensuring they are fully compliant with installations and government grant paperwork (OZEV). Dan also talks with Stephen about his background, how Stephen got into the Electrical industry and how his journey has taken him to CEO at EV-Comply.
30:50
July 16, 2021
Be Inspired: James Naughton
In the third episode of the Future Skills Podcast podcast Dan is joined by James Naughton from OVO Energy. James is a senior manager at OVO Energy, with expertise in smart metering and electrical installations. Dan worked with James at British Gas in the Leeds Academy , the two of them have plenty to catch up on and will be discussing how James started in the industry, the changes they have seen and what the future holds.
35:28
July 2, 2021
Women in Engineering with Katy Garside
In the second episode of 'The Future Skills Podcast', we celebrate 'International Women in Engineering day'. Delivery & IQA Manager Katy Garside leads a discussion on the topics surrounding women's opportunities in engineering, the progress that has been made and the changes that still need to be made to give more opportunities to women wanting to start a career within the engineering industry. Katy is joined by Mel from OVO who trained at Universal Skills in 2019 and is currently working as a Smart Metering Engineer and Rachel from Siemens who has just started her career as Smart Metering Apprentice whilst also taking on a degree. Listen to their stories as they discuss what drew them to engineering and the experiences that have shaped their careers. The statistics discussed come from an anonymous survey which was posted to LinkedIn.   We hope you enjoy this edition of 'The Future Skills Podcast', if you do, make sure to subscribe for more content like this coming soon!
25:27
June 23, 2021
Be Inspired: Danny Coleman
In the first episode of 'The Future Skills Podcast', centre Manager Dan Taylor is joined by founder and Director Danny Coleman. They discuss Danny's journey, which saw his experiences as a plasterer turned teacher, shape the way he saw the training world and ultimately lead to what Universal Skills Group is today.
29:32
June 17, 2021
Podcast Trailer
A watershed moment for us, this is the trailer for our new Future Skills podcast. Follow and subscribe now to be updated with interviews and discussions about careers, apprenticeships and the energy industry including Smart Metering, Renewables and EV.
00:43
May 19, 2021