Prospect represents more than 14,000 members working in the energy supply industry
Our members are engineers, managers and specialists employed in electricity generation, transmission and distribution companies throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
They are engaged in operational and technical management, research and development – including work into clean coal, carbon capture and storage and biomass technologies – and the establishment and monitoring of safety standards, both environmentally and in the workplace.
In addition to negotiating on pay and bonus systems, career development and pensions, Prospect has a seat on Powering Improvement – a five-year strategy drawing together the Energy Networks Association, the Association of Electricity Producers, industry unions and the Health and Safety Executive, with the aim of making the UK's electricity industry a world leader in health and safety by 2015.
Prospect has also established the RegTech project to promote and support the professional registration of engineering, IT and science technicians in the UK.
The union believes technician registration is a key means of supporting apprentices and other young professionals with structured vocational routes to career progression. More broadly the project aims to help address skills shortages, by raising the profile of technicians and attracting more recruits to the roles.
RegTech is run in conjunction with membership bodies including professional associations: the Engineering Council, Science Council, BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT and EngTechNow.
The project is funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, one of whose stated aims is to strengthen science and engineering skills in the UK by developing innovative programmes and informing national policy in the UK.