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Thirty apprentices told ‘you’re hired’

A bumper intake of 30 new apprentices will be keeping the lights on as part of their new career with UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 9 December 2013 12:00 AM

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A bumper intake of 30 new apprentices will be keeping the lights on as part of their new career with UK Power Networks.

The successful candidates were selected from a whopping 820 applications to join UK Power Networks’ popular on-the-job training scheme. They will work for Britain’s largest electricity network operator, which distributes power across London, the South East and East of England.

Over the next three years they will prepare to join the skilled teams which keep power flowing to more than a quarter of Britain’s population 24hrs a day. The apprentices specialise in climbing electricity poles, fixing and connecting power cables or kitting out electricity substations.

Joshua Simons, who will be training to become an electrical jointer, fixing and connecting cables, said: “UK Power Networks has a very good training programme and mentoring scheme to support and encourage apprentices throughout their career development. The company provides challenging and exciting career development opportunities. I am pleased to be joining a well-established company where I can use and add to the skills I have gained in my electrical engineering and electrical installation course.”

Patrick Clarke, director of network operations at UK Power Networks, who began his career as an apprentice, said: “There couldn’t be a more exciting time to join the electricity industry, with new technology bringing faster changes in the next ten years than ever before. We look for people with a great attitude, keen to serve their communities and critically safety-conscious, which is the baseline for the electricity industry.

“The average age profile of our workforce is now 50 plus so this is an excellent time for young people with new ideas to make their mark. There is a significant shortage of people with the technical skills we need and we are one of the few long-term industries where if you perform well your future is secure. If you’ve got talent and you are prepared to work hard, you could have a really promising future with us.”

The apprenticeship scheme helps address a shortage in the number of electrical craftsmen joining the industry to train as linesmen, jointers and fitters. Hundreds of apprentices have been through the company’s structured programme of training and now look after the power network in their communities.

The scheme includes formal training at UK Power Networks’ training centres in Kent and Suffolk and on-the-job experience putting their skills into practice. At the end of their programme the apprentices will qualify with a Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) Diploma in Electrical Power Engineering.

UK Power Networks offers foundation apprenticeships for school leavers, which are three years, plus advanced apprenticeships, which are two years. To find out more about becoming an apprentice visit: http://www.ukpowernetworkscareers.co.uk/