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Renewable sector talent showcased at Highlands and Islands awards ceremony

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Last year’s most promising individual Josh King (top right) with some of his fellow winners.
Last year’s most promising individual Josh King (top right) with some of his fellow winners.

The energy sector may be more reliant on technology than most industries, but success still depends on its people.

The Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards, which will be held virtually on Thursday, June 23, recognises this – as well as the importance of encouraging those at the start of their career – with its most promising individual award.

Although there is no age limit, the award will be given to someone in the early stages of their renewable energy career who demonstrates a significant dedication to the sector and whose contribution is helping the industry in its goals of creating a more sustainable energy base and opening up new opportunities across the Highlands, Islands and Moray.

Supported by one of the UK’s largest recruitment specialists, Brook Street – which has more than 75 years of experience in matching the right person with the right job – the most promising individual award will be presented to an outstanding individual within the first five years of their green energy career.

A Brook Street spokeswoman said: “Brook Street is honoured to be sponsoring the SHREC and Renewable Awards 2022. As one of the UK’s most established recruitment agencies, we look forward to seeing the talent showcased at the event, including future leaders for the sector.”

Nominations will be expected to show the level of success and impact already achieved, and the potential for the person to become a future leader in the sector.

Summing up what they are looking for, the judges state: “We are seeking innovative young thinkers with the ability to drive the sector in years to come.”

Just such a person is Josh King. Josh, who joined Forres firm AES Solar from university and is now the company’s youngest director, and won the title at last year’s award.

Entrants have until May 20 to apply for the award.

This is just one of the 10 categories at this year’s Highlands and Islands Energy Awards, including the main award of the evening, the outstanding achievement award, which will be chosen by the judges from the finalists.

To learn more about the entry criteria for the most promising individual award and other open categories, please go to www.hnmedia.co.uk/renewable-energy-day, where you can also register to attend.

For inquiries about sponsoring any of the remaining award categories, contact Lynn Gardner at lynn.gardner@hnmedia.co.uk

The awards are being promoted by north publisher and multimedia group Highland News & Media in association with leading law firm Harper Macleod, which has offices across Scotland.

The two organisations have also teamed up to produce the other element of Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Day, the Scottish Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Conference (SHREC), which will take place earlier on Thursday, June 23, and bring together speakers from industry, academia and politics to look at the challenges and opportunities of the thriving north renewable energy sector.

After the success of last year’s virtual event, this will also be in an online format.

For information on how to attend and be kept updated with information on this year’s speakers and topics, go to https://events.harpermacleod.co.uk/events/

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