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Prepared for a powerful future

Eight bright young sparks have gained their Higher National Certificate in power distribution after more than two years of combining study and hands-on training with UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 11 November 2014 12:00 AM

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Eight bright young sparks have gained their Higher National Certificate in power distribution after more than two years of combining study and hands-on training with UK Power Networks.

They are the latest to complete the qualification as part of the power company’s successful Engineering Development Programme (EDP), which provides bespoke training for its engineers of the future.

Now they will be helping UK Power Networks keep the lights on for millions of people across London, the South East and East of England.

The trainees, who collected their awards from Warwickshire College in Leamington, include Helen Nicholls from Toddington, who is based at the company’s Bedford depot.

Helen, 26, said: “I have absolutely loved it. We’ve been given such great training and support and it’s been an ideal way to learn. I was working for a subcontractor as an electrical project manager but it was proving difficult to progress.

“Then someone drew my attention to the UK Power Networks course and said it would be perfect for me so I applied – and here I am.

“We did two to three weeks’ block release at college every two or three months to achieve our HNC. There are still another six months to go on the Engineering Development Programme and then, hopefully, I will be a qualified field engineer and able to go out on jobs alone.”

Helen is already sharing her newly gained knowledge. She said: “I’ve just spent a day with the new EDP intake, taking them on site and answering their questions about the course. It’s been full-on but I’m thoroughly enjoying it.”

Basil Scarsella, chief executive of UK Power Networks, said: “Our trainee engineers play an important part in keeping electricity supplies flowing to our millions of customers and I wish them well as they embark on the next stage of what I hope will be a long career with us.”

UK Power Networks, which owns and operates a vast network of 170,000km of underground cables and overhead lines and more than 130,000 substations, is always looking for fresh talent to join its 5,600-strong workforce.

As well as its Engineering Development Programme, it runs a Powering Placement scheme for undergraduates and also offers apprenticeships. To find out more about these opportunities, visit www.ukpowernetworkscareers.co.uk.