World water day 2022

The United Nations created World Water day with the goal to draw attention to the importance of water and how many people are without safe water access around the world. It is a chance to celebrate what water provides whilst simultaneously sharing awareness of the global water crisis. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

||           “Groundwater – making the invisible, visible”

Started in 1993, World Water Day has brought attention to a range of issues around water and changes that need to be made. Each year there is a new theme to give specific focus to, and this years’ theme is “Groundwater – making the invisible, visible”. Groundwater is essential to so many aspects of our lives, including drinking supplies, sanitation, food production, and industrial processes, as almost all liquid freshwater is groundwater.

It plays a critical role in adapting to climate change, but due to being out of sight, it can often be overlooked by people not realizing just how important it is.

||           “be a part of the action”

Events are hosted by people and organisations in the months leading up to the 22nd of March, with participation in the global public campaign which is launched several months prior by UN-Water. All their information and details for campaigns and activities to help you get involved can be found through their social media or online at so you can be a part of the action. Then, on World Water Day itself, the UN World Water Development Report is released. This links with the same topic as the campaign and recommends policy direction.

Key messages of the World Water Day 2022 campaign:

  • Groundwater is invisible, but its impact is visible everywhere.
  • Almost all of the liquid freshwater in the world is groundwater, supporting drinking water supplies, sanitation systems, farming, industry and ecosystems.
  • What we do on the surface matters underground. We must only put harmless, biodegradable products on the soil and use water as efficiently as possible.
  • Groundwater crosses borders. We must work together to manage transboundary groundwater resources.
  • We cannot manage what we do not measure. Groundwater must be thoroughly explored, analyzed and monitored.
  • Groundwater will play a critical role in adapting to climate change. We must protect and explore groundwater, balancing the needs of people and the planet.

||           “looking for skilled workers to join the sector”

Careers in the water sector can provide a fulfilling experience where you can feel proud of the work you do and make a difference to people’s lives. It is essential to have access to clean, safe water and the jobs involved with ensuring that that happens are looking for skilled workers to join the sector. Designing, building, and maintaining more efficient and effective water facilities can look to improve our future in so many ways and provide a vital resource to people around the UK or globally.

Our consultants can help guide you into these careers! Whether you’re an experienced candidate or new to the water sector, we’d love to hear from you and get you started on a career path you can thrive on. Give us a call on 01489774010 and ask to chat about your options in the water sector. Even you just have a few questions or curious about what’s out there, the team will be more than happy to help you and their experienced and trusted knowledge could be the start of something incredibly exciting for you.

Every drop counts this World Water Day

A worldwide pandemic has put the necessity of clean water into the spotlight; a basic essential that is not accessible to 1 in 10 people worldwide. On March 22nd, this year’s World Water Day is as important as ever to highlight the value of water and its accessibility to people across the globe. Regular handwashing has been reiterated over the last year as a vital way to stop the spread of disease, yet 3 billion people don’t have handwashing facilities at home. That’s 2 in 5 people. A number far higher than it should be.  

Starting in 1981, WaterAid has been a life-changing charity for millions of people as they help to provide toilets and clean water sources for areas deprived of it. They have reached 27 million people with clean water around the world, with their three steps to tackle the water crisis – clean water, decent toilets, and good hygiene. By educating the people within the villages and towns to help them learn the skills required to maintain and build these facilities. WaterAid are able to build long-term solutions. People are able to gain knowledge, as well as being able to understand the importance of good hygiene and the value brought by decent toilets. This crucial step of education and support allows for strength to be built within communities, which provides growth for future generations.  

Learning the skills to create and fix toilets and handwashing facilities is critical for independence. Specialists with experience in the water industry play a key role in WaterAid’s tackle of the water crisis alongside many other charities and companies. Knowledge gained with these skills can not only help the health and hygiene of communities but also the stability and progression of their lives. With less time spent collecting and purifying water, children can go to school and women can go to work; improving the lives of families. A significant reduction in people suffering and dying from preventable diseases will be seen alongside these new opportunities for education and income. While charities like WaterAid and UN-Water are bringing these facilities to poorer communities, the water industry is prominent worldwide; therefore, skills are needed across the globe. Highfield has specialist consultants recruiting for this sector who are always searching for people looking to start or continue their careers.   

Along with the change in individual’s lives, UN-Water says ‘water is the primary medium through which we will feel the effects of climate change.’ With increased natural disasters like flooding and droughts, ‘water availability is becoming less predictable in many places.’ The devastation of these growing disasters threatens to destroy water points and sanitation facilities, alongside contaminating water sources. It is essential to provide assistance and education to communities as quickly as possible, using new designs and continuously developing technology to create efficient, sustainable methods.   

Looking closer to home, the Thames Tideway Tunnel is working on improving a 150-year-old sewer system that was built for a population less than half its current size and reducing its environmental impact. Currently, every year millions of tonnes of raw sewage spills, untreated, into the River Thames, impacting wildlife and the river environment. This new tunnel will capture the sewage before it goes into the river, allowing for it to be treated properly and no longer be ingested by wildlife and dirtying the water. Projects of various size like the Tideway Tunnel down to local maintenance are continuously looking for a range of roles.   

Water is a basic essential that many are without, or need help improving. If you’re looking to develop your skills, gain experience, or start a career in the industry then contact us. While the water crisis is being tackled across the world, you can get involved more locally too using the expert knowledge from our consultants to find out what jobs are available. Head to our website for a list of jobs currently active and to see what’s out there, or call us on 01489 774010.

What are the requirements to work at Hinkley Point C

Hinkley Point C has promised to create 25,000 jobs and the aspiration to create 1000 apprenticeship positions. These opportunities will include construction, piping engineers, commercial manager, ECI&I engineers, estimators, mechanical engineers, support roles, and others over the coming years.

Although there are 5 phases to Hinkley Point C, the 10-year project has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and will be taking longer than first predicted. Now due to open in June 2026 instead of the planned 2025 – the end result will be providing opportunities for local, national, and international businesses. Many communities throughout the South West will also see ongoing benefits to their economy.  

Qualifications and experience can be a minefield when working out exactly what employers will look for, especially on a large-scale project such as Hinkley Point C. The requirements will depend on which phase of construction it is in. After approval from the British Government in September 2016, work has long since started on site, with the need for civil and structural engineers, project managers, and document controllers among the list of roles still being recruited. So, to help you figure out the minefield of employer needs, we’ve outlined the key information that should help you with your application…  


Employers for Hinkley are looking for candidates with a background in nuclear, or a professional who comes from a major infrastructure background. Quality assurance engineers and managers, planners, and quantity surveyors are amongst the 400+ job types available with the project. Depending on the role that you’re applying for, specific experience and requirements will obviously vary, but this industry experience is required by all contractors.  


Clearly, you must be competent in your job role and have the right attitude, resilience, and the desire to work as part of a team or in a leadership role. This will be assessed via checks of your CSCS card, and CCNSG Passport.  

Hinkley Point C recommends that you attend Bridgewater College for your CCNSG safety passport. They are an approved training provider whose tutors have all the relevant industry experience that you will need. To obtain a CCNSG Safety Passport, you will need to complete a two-day training course and pass a final test.  

Security clearance  

Most workers on the Hinkley Point C project require a security clearance, so there are minimum standards you must meet. Therefore, aspects such as your criminal record, financial past, family links, and references will be thoroughly checked in order for you to gain clearance. Without this clearance, for many roles, you will not be granted access to the site.   

Currently, in the second phase of construction, preparation for the third phase will be underway. Within that, specialised skills such as mechanical and electrical engineers will be required as they look for highly experienced workers to control and lead this next stage of Hinkley Point C. This new power plant uses 17% less uranium compared to older technology, meaning you’ll be a part of a more efficient and innovative future. It is also the first nuclear new build in the UK for 30 years. The project seeks candidates with new, fresh ideas due to the skills gap left because of an aging workforce and skills that have not been required for several decades. 

Highfield is a trusted recruitment supplier to the Hinkley Point C project. Further develop your skills and expertise with this opportunity and get involved in the construction of a power plant that will be producing 7% of Britain’s energy. If you are interested in working on the project, head over to our dedicated Hinkley Point C page and take a look at the latest available jobs.   

Alternatively, if you would like a confidential chat with one of our expert nuclear consultants, give us a call on 01489 774 010 today.  

Nuclear Power – a green future or an environmental impact?

How green do you view nuclear power? In a survey of just under 2000 people, nearly half neither supported nor opposed nuclear energy with what they know about it, so we’re hoping to shed some light on the details and processes of the industry. While some view it as a dangerous and therefore unsafe process, we should fully understand the pros and cons before making an opinion.

Granted, when an accident happens then it has the potential to be far worse than many other renewable resources like solar panels and wind farms, however, there are vast preventative measures in place to avoid such events. Three Mile Island in 1979, Chernobyl in 1986 and most recently Fukushima in 2011 have all caused uncertainty regarding the use of nuclear power.

So how does the nuclear power generation process work?

  • The reaction is triggered

Small amounts of uranium are held in cylinders where neutrons are fired at in order to split the atoms and causing a chain reaction which generates heat.

  • Water is heated

The water passes through the reactor vessel where the chain reaction heats it to 300°C. To keep the water from evaporating a pressuriser applies around 155 times atmospheric pressure.

  • Hot water is circulated

A pump circulates the water from the vessel to a steam generator.

  • Steam is created

The pressurised hot water flows through thousands of looped pipes. A second stream of water under much less pressure flows around the outside of the hot pipes, boiling it into steam.

  • Steam energy is converted into electrical energy

The steam passes through and spins a series of turbines at around 3000 rpm, converting the steams heat energy into mechanical energy. A shaft connects the turbines to a generator which uses an electromagnetic field to convert that into electrical energy.

  • Electrical energy is passed to the national grid

A transformer converts the electrical energy into a high voltage for the grid.

  • Electricity sent to homes

Using power lines to connect homes and business to the national grid.

  • The steam is cooled and recycled

Back at the reactor, the steam is passed over pipes of cold water pumped in from the sea, which cools the steam and condenses it back into water to be reused.

There is no dependency of natural weather in order to produce electricity unlike renewable sources such as wind and solar, meaning there is constant generation of power as opposed to the intermittent sun and wind. This consistency allows for homes to be uninterrupted and have easy access to electricity whenever needed. In 2016 nuclear power plants generated almost 20% of the United States electricity with an average capacity factor of 92.3%. This meant they operated at full power on 336 days of the year, with the other 29 days being taken off grid for maintenance. This is compared to the hydroelectric system in the US which produced power for 138 days a year, wind turbines for 127 days, and solar electricity for 92 days.

Showing clear benefits of reliable production alongside producing no greenhouse gas emissions during operations and throughout its life-cycle. Clean air surrounds nuclear power plants. It’s therefore considered a clean energy for its lack of CO2 creation, however, it is regarded as less environmentally friendly due to the nuclear waste created and out of fear of major accidents. We are stuck in an extreme balance where nuclear works incredibly well as a producer of energy with neutral carbon emissions but with the potential for negative environmental impact if things go wrong.  Having a big ‘what if’ hanging over the nuclear sector’s head makes it often hard to see the benefits, while it is certainly understandable that an accidental event could be just as environmentally damaging as using fossil fuels if not worse. However, there has been plenty of electricity produced safely without these negative impacts, with around 440 nuclear power stations active around the world. At Highfield, we believe the nuclear industry is a way forward and helps support people in creating jobs throughout the lifetime of each station. This is why we are a part of the Sizewell C Consortium. Helping to get 25,000 employment opportunities and support British businesses with the construction of the proposed Sizewell C.Head to our jobs page to see what positions are available in the nuclear sector.

There is obviously a risk to everything we do in life, like getting on a plane or driving a car, and nuclear power stations are no different. However, 44% of people in March 2020 agreed overall that nuclear power provides a reliable source of energy compared to 15% who disagreed. While it may not yet be the optimal resource with current designs, it can be a viable source to bridge the transition from fossil fuels to renewables. Around 10% of the world’s electricity -2657 TWh – is generated by nuclear power, including France getting around three-quarters of its electricity from nuclear energy. Nuclear power plants can have a bad reputation, often due to a lack of understanding and education, but if we can increase the interest and participation within the industry it could lead us to a greener future.

New designs and concepts are being investigated surrounding the nuclear industry, with thorium being considered as an alternative fuel due to being three times more abundant than uranium and creates less nuclear waste. Alternative reactors such as Molten Salt Reactors are seen as promising, especially combined with using thorium and using spent LWR (light-water reactor) fuel.

Being a part of this positive future and making breakthroughs in designs and builds could be something you’re interested in. Or maybe you’ve never considered it. Now is a better time than any to be a part of this process and we can happily help you find your way. Contact us to find your next opportunity in energy and nuclear.

How Hinkley Point C will benefit the UK’s Job & Energy Industry

With such a large construction project, HPC will be the provider of 25,000 jobs as well as socio-economic benefits with a target of £130 million investment for the local community; keeping HPC a great supporter of the UK workforce and residents. All of this provided in just the construction phase alone. Once the power station is complete, Hinkley Point C is estimated to produce 26TWh every year in its predicted 60 year lifetime which is enough to power 6 million households. For those looking for work or experience within the nuclear or construction industry or if you’re just a curious person wanting to learn more about cleaner energy, Hinkley Point power stations are a good start and can provide potential opportunities.

The country needs energy, that’s the simple fact of it all. With such a high demand, there has to be preparations for the future and relying on fossil fuels will only get us so many years. This requirement of energy is only going to increase with the early decommissioning of Hinkley Point B, meaning a replacement will be needed sooner rather than later. Construction having already started on Hinkley Point C shows the action already being taken to keep energy production growing and providing around 7% of Great Britain’s expected electricity demand in the 2020s.

Although there may be concern with the costs of HPC rising by almost £2.9 billion more than the original estimate, however, EDF Energy’s strategy director, Paul Spence said “The important point for me to make is that those costs are not costs that hit the consumer, they are costs that come to us as shareholders in the project.” Meaning that while there may be some delays and adjustments to funding, it is still a construction that is designed to benefit the energy sector, economy, and importantly the workers.

£1.1 billion in contracts have already been given to companies in the North and Midlands, allowing British businesses and workers to gain knowledge and experience with high-quality nuclear construction. We have been helping search for a wide range of skills and experience to fill these positions throughout the construction period, looking from specialists to those who have barely begun on their journeys, creating opportunities to progress and develop. Having already placed planners, supply chain managers & EC&I engineers with more roles and positions yet to fill, we have helped get many people secure work on this project up to this point and continue the search for more. No matter the skills or experience, see what one of our expert consultants can do for you on 01489 774 010.

As a part of the £130 million investment in the community there will be support for education, local training, and infrastructure improvement, showing a backing for the surrounding area alongside the support for the country as a whole. The inspire program is a part of this concept, encouraging young people into science, technology, engineering, and maths with the creation of meaningful opportunities and engagement with students. There is often so much focus on attending university and doing well in certain curriculums in school, but many people have untapped skills within STEM subjects where they may normally struggle to find the support and are now being advised and guided into a wider range of opportunities within the construction and nuclear sector. Helping to create a new generation within cleaner energy and renewable futures.

Hinkley Point C is a replacement of current nuclear power stations already in the area, taking over the role of the soon-to-be decommissioned Hinkley Point B and continuing to provide support and opportunities to people from school age to experienced engineers and specialists. Careful funding has been placed into the hands of British workers with the creation of jobs throughout the life of the power station. We are already filling positions and working hard to get more people placed within the site and roles required to build this nuclear power station, whether that is someone looking to continue their skills within the sector or start fresh.

Contact Highfield Professional solutions and speak to a consultant 01489 774 010

Construction Trends for 2019

Construction Trends is always a talked about topic and 2019 is expected to be a breakthrough year for the Construction Industry. With the industry continuously evolving and the skills and technology developing at the pace they are, there is no doubt we are going to see some groundbreaking trends for 2019 and beyond.

Construction Technology in the last year alone has increased by 30% and that is only set to be on a rise over the next decade. So, what are the top construction trends set to make 2019 the breakout year?

Augmented Reality
Augmented reality is going to open many new opportunities for the construction industry due to its ability to provide a lot of information. One of these is through accuracy, as it will be able to show the entire project before it even starts, saving a lot of time and money. It will offer everyone that is part of the project the ability to finalise details before the construction begins, providing a much more efficient process.

Self-healing Concrete
Many of the industry’s experts believe we will start seeing self-healing concrete being used on roads, buildings and homes. Self-healing concrete is a concrete that heals itself when it comes into contact with air and water that then produces an outer protective layer. This is going to save the industry a lot of time in the years to come. They even predict that by 2030 there will be 5 billion metric tonnes of concrete used in the industry.

BIM Technology
It is said that BIM technology will be the catalyst for a fundamental change in how we manage, design and develop a construction project. 85% of construction stakeholders believe that BIM can enable a better design insight.

Drone technology continues to rapidly evolve in its accuracy and precision due to its ability to save time, increase safety and keep projects on constant track. It will enable you to keep clients up to date on projects at any time of the day because it will be able to take images on an ongoing basis throughout the project, getting views that are not possible by a human. The use of drones will enable projects to run much smoother due to being able to send them into a building instead of a person, which will improve the safety of the industry.

Wearable Technology
Wearable technology is going to be a big part of the future of construction. It is said to be able to provide better health and safety on site and boost the efficiency of the lifecycle of a project. It is predicted that 250 million smart wearables will be in use by the end of the year.

Do you think these construction trends are going to be a breakthrough for 2019 and continue to evolve and develop the industry? Are you using any of these already? Tweet us @highfieldrec and let us know!

Why Drones are taking over the Construction Industry

Drones are no longer just an expensive high-tech toy for those of us who are lucky enough to be able to afford the hefty price tag and are highly into gadgets. They are now largely being used in billion dollar industries like construction to keep ahead of its competition.

In 2016, consumer drone popularity hit an all-time high, being the number item on a Christmas list that year. In 2016 2.5 million drones were sold in the world, which was almost double than that of 2015. It is predicted that this will increase to around 8 million a year by 2020.

So why has it become so popular for drones to be a crucial part of the construction industry? Well, there are many reasons and it doesn’t look like the use of drones within the industry is slowing down any time soon, with it being the number one trend to continue in 2019. If you want to keep an edge on your competitors then a drone will keep you ahead of the game.


A project in construction can take time, especially at the initial stages. You will need surveys and if there is a way in which this could take as little time as possible and cost you half the money, then you will want to use it. Drones in construction have made surveying much easier by playing a huge role in making data collection simple and capturing the best angles and views.


You will be able to show clients the progress in a much more quick and efficient way. If your client cannot be at the site, then a use of a drone will be able to capture development in an inventive way that can show angles and images that are better than a photo. You will also be able to keep the client updated on the progress of a project in real time.


Safety Regulations are crucial for the construction industry and can be difficult to maintain at all times. With a drone, you will be able to capture views that you may not have seen with a naked eye. A drone will be able to view a site in real time from all angles, this can help with safety, especially if you may be dealing with a dangerous structure. It will mean you will be able to send drones into areas that are not necessarily safe for a worker to enter.

Keeping on Track

Keeping on track of a project is important, you are wanting to make sure that everything is running how it should and that you are keeping to budget where possible. Being able to monitor your sites with the use of a drone you will be much better prepared to remove anything that may impact additions to the project time and cost.


Do you use drones in your industry? Do you think they are going to help? Let us know by tweeting us @highfieldrec

Women in Rail Event

This evening we are proudly sponsoring the Women in Rail event which is taking place in Wiltshire, this event is to celebrate the launch of the WR South – Wiltshire regional group.

Women in Rail was created to improve diversity in the UK rail industry through providing networking opportunities and support for all women within the sector.

“With just 16% of jobs in rail filled by women, we need to understand how we can encourage others to join our industry and not just attract women to the railway, but also to keep, develop and promote them.  We need more women – not just directors and managers but engineers, signallers, graduates and apprentices too – helping us to build the better, more modern railway that Britain needs.” – Women in Rail

The event will be hosted by Anna Delevecchio, commercial Account Director for Amey and lead of the Women in Rail – South alongside Ebony Soltani-James. The event will include a number of speakers from influential people in the Industry as well as Q&A session.

There are a number of events going on in the UK for the next couple of months so don’t miss out on the opportunity to network with influential people in the Rail Industry. Check out the Women in Rails website for more information on events and latest news.

Are you attending the events put on by WR? Tweet us @highfieldrec to let us know what you think.

World Water Week 2018

World Water Week started back in 1991 in Stockholm, it has become the main event to discuss the water issues across the globe and has become the pivotal event of the year to reflect and make a difference to the water issues we have globally. It is organised every year by Stockholm Internalize Water Institute (SIWI).  Back in 2017, over 3,300 individuals and around 380 convening organizations from 135 countries participated in the Week.

Poor water management and strained ecosystems cause poverty and violent conflicts, and to avoid a global water crisis, more nature-based solutions are needed. Each year the event focuses on a new theme, in 2018, World Water Week will address the theme “Water, ecosystems and human development”. Previous themes have consisted of, Minimising Harmful Fluxes from Land to Water, Water and Food Security, Water for Development and many more important issues that affect the globe.

Additionally they offer a recognised prize to an individual who has made a difference to the water crisis. The Stockholm Water Prize is the world’s most prominent award for outstanding achievements in water-related activities. The prize honours women, men and organisations whose work contributes to the conservation and protection of water resources, and to the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants. All who have made extraordinary water-related achievements are eligible.

This year’s main focal point of discussion has been for nature based solutions. Many of the speakers expressed their confidence for nature based solutions and the possibilities they were able to achieve from nature. An example is the work of Stockholm Water Prize winners Professors Bruce Rittmann and Mark van Loosdrecht. Bruce Rittmann said in an interview about this; “Microorganisms live in water and when we use microorganisms we are making water a key part of the solution to many of our environmental challenges.” He added: “We want to have a merging of environmental and economic interests. We don’t want to make pollution control and environmental protection just a cost to society, we want to turn that also into a generator of resources and economic value”.

Are you following world water week? What has been your highlight so far? Tweet us @Highfieldrec to let us know! 

The Construction skills shortage continues

The construction skills shortage has been a hot topic throughout 2017 and it seems that it is continuing throughout 2018. As of now the skills shortage in construction has hit a record high. In response to the Migration Advisory Committee’s Interim report, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said the industry requires a serious delivery plan in place for post-Brexit skills and immigration policy.

Commenting on the Migration Advisory Committee’s Interim update, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “The Migration Advisory Committee’s Interim update has set out the concerns and evidence which construction and a wide range of industries have presented.”

In their quarterly report on the current state of the construction industry, the FMB found that those that are affected are finding it particularly hard to recruit carpenters and bricklayers, as well has a huge shortage for skilled electricians, plumbers, and plasterers.

With the Government’s promise of building 300,000 new homes a year in England alone. The questions of “Who will build all of this?” stands. With the increasing demand for skilled workers, the wages are increasing, and the cost of materials are at a new high. This is clearly causing a negative effect on the construction companies dealing with this issue.

With Carillion recently announcing its liquidation, a move that affected the jobs of thousands of employees, it is surprising that this has not been an issue in regard to the skills shortage saga. The FMB confirmed that it was currently co-operating with the Construction Industry Training Board as well as the Department for Work and Pensions to place former Carillion employees with small construction firms needing skilled workers.

So, what can be done to combat this skills shortage? I think there may be some simple things that can be tackled to cut the skills shortage.

Gender diversity is a hot topic at the moment in all ways imaginable. However, it may be something that could really help bridge the skills gap. Making the industry much more inclusive could mean more women in the trade. This would encourage a whole new talent pool of candidates that could ultimately begin to mend the current issues.

Making construction a bit more well known could really boost the industry. Currently the construction industry isn’t ever really put out there, especially on the mainstream media. It is a possibility that if construction was portrayed better across all avenues, this could help improve this skills shortage. Construction is so important to help our economy grow; without construction workers there will be no more new homes, or new educational buildings or hospitals. It is something that needs to be considered.

Education on the industry in schools could help inspire the new generations of workers. Showing young people the choices they have within the industry could really push them to take the vocational route and undertake apprenticeships in the trades currently seeing themselves in a skills shortage. Whilst not a short term fix, this could prove a long term solution.

What do you think? Are you a construction worker? Do you agree with the skills shortage saga? Tweet us at @HighfieldREC to let us know.

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