Changeworks is now recruiting for additional Home Energy Scotland energy advisors in the Highlands and Islands. This is to help support more people during the energy crisis and in anticipation of the expected second spike in heating bills costs from October.

Since April, there has been unprecedented demand for energy advice. The energy crisis is only set to become worse, due to the combined impact of the war in Ukraine alongside the increased cost of living as the UK struggles to recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Home Energy Scotland – delivered in the Highlands and Islands by Changeworks on behalf of the Scottish government and Energy Saving Trust – offers free, impartial advice on energy saving, keeping warm at home as well as renewable energy and other ways to fight the climate emergency. The award-winning team has helped over 11,500 households over the past year, and is bracing itself for the impact of the ongoing energy crisis on already vulnerable households and those at risk of fuel poverty.

“It’s a critical time. We need to recruit staff to meet the demand and to be able to continue to support those who need help” says Vicky Walker, Home Energy Scotland’s centre manager for the Highlands and Islands. 

“Joining the team is a great opportunity to support people in need of energy advice whilst also helping to tackle the climate emergency.”

The recruitment drive also aims to support the local community, especially those working in more rural areas across the Highlands and Islands.

“Changeworks offers hybrid working as we are keen to ensure we have advisors who understand the needs of householders living in the Highlands and Islands, especially those who may be more remote – for example, living in Shetland.” says Vicky.

To find out more about Changeworks’ vacancies visit www.changeworks.org.uk/jobs. Application deadline is August 15.

For energy advice and more, the Home Energy Scotland website has a range of resources as well as information on how to call the helpline.