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Drax boosts career opportunities with graduate scheme

Renewable energy company Drax is welcoming seven graduates as part of its efforts to create career development opportunities and ensure it has the best in-house talent to support its ambitious decarbonisation plans.

The graduates have secured places on the scheme at Drax Group which owns Drax Power Station near Selby in North Yorkshire – the UK’s largest single site renewable power generator, which produces enough renewable electricity for four million homes.

Karen McKeever, Drax Chief People Officer, said:

“As our business expands, it’s vital that we nurture new talent to support our decarbonisation plans as well as offering career development opportunities. Providing these graduates with the tools needed to become the skilled workforce of the future is not only essential to the success of our business, it’s also an incredibly rewarding part of what we do.”

Alycia Booth, aged 21, who has joined Drax’s trading team, said: “I applied for a job at Drax because I was looking for a company that had a graduate scheme where I would have the best opportunity to grow and experience different areas of the company. I felt like Drax was the perfect place to start my career as a graduate, because they offer so much support. I am really looking forward to meeting my team and getting to learn all about how Drax works to provide power to our country renewably.”

Hakeem Hussain, aged 23, who has joined Drax as a finance graduate, said: “Applying to Drax meant the opportunity to work for a company that is forward thinking with goals and values which I believe in. I am looking forward to gaining valuable knowledge and learning from the excellent finance teams within Drax, which in time will enable me to develop and excel in my career here.”

Five of the graduates will be based at Drax Power Station near Selby, one will be based in Drax’s London office and one in Northampton.

Drax is committed to supporting education and skills and runs a number of initiatives including work experience, tours of the power station and a long running apprenticeship scheme.

Drax already supports 17,800 jobs across the UK, 6,000 of which are in the North. The development of BECCS at Drax Power Station would see an additional 10,000 jobs created and supported during construction which is set to get underway as soon as 2024.