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Final call for apprenticeship scheme

Time is running out to apply for a place on UK Power Networks’ apprenticeship programme.

From Press releases - 9 March 2015 12:00 AM

Time is running out to apply for a place on UK Power Networks’ apprenticeship programme.

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week from March 9 to 13, the final closing date has been extended to March 31, giving would-be trainees just three more weeks to apply for one of 26 places available on the scheme.

Successful trainees will spend the next three years gaining the knowledge and qualifications needed to run the local electricity network, keeping the lights on. Each apprentice specialises in overhead power lines (linesmen), underground cables (jointers) or electricity substations (fitters), gaining practical on-the-job training and nationally-recognised qualifications.

UK Power Networks delivers electricity supplies in London, the South East and East Anglia and the new jobs are available in Bury St Edmunds, Colchester, Cambridge, Stevenage, Norwich, Kings Lynn, Enfield, Surrey, Kent, Sussex, London, and at Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

The search is on to find recruits with a high degree of manual dexterity who are critically safety conscious. Successful applicants will take up their posts in September.

Emma Barbour, a talent acquisition partner at UK Power Networks, said: “Our trainees will be new to the power distribution industry but will have relevant interests. We are looking for people with a great attitude who are enthusiastic about working outdoors and interested in electronics, electricity and engineering.

“This job will test their brains - it’s not monotonous or routine. No two days are the same and the industry is always changing so we are constantly adapting to use new technology and materials. They will be working in a strong team environment, with good job security and a chance for career progression for those who work hard and prove themselves.”

The company has hired more than 160 apprentices since 2010 to strengthen the vital teams that maintain, upgrade and repair the electricity networks for over eight million homes and businesses. Their role is to keep power flowing 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, working in all weathers.

The apprenticeship includes formal training at UK Power Networks’ training centres in Kent and Suffolk and a gradual introduction to field work. Apprentices follow a Trailblazer Apprenticeship Framework which includes a qualification in electrical power engineering. As part of their initial training they take part in an Outward Bound week in the Lake District.

Following the online application stage, selected candidates will be invited to take part in some online tests, attend an assessment centre and a final interview. For further information about the foundation apprenticeship scheme visit the website.