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Amber Rudd MP visits our training centre

Posted on 17 February 2016 04:56 PM by koce1p

We were really pleased that Energy Secretary, Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, was able to visit our training centre in Sundridge last month.  She was there was there for a guided tour of the centre which trains apprentices to maintain and repair underground cables (jointers), overhead power lines (linesmen) and electricity substations (fitters).

UK Power Networks has a great record in taking on and training young people. We aim to be an employer of choice and were delighted to be in the Sunday Times Top 25 Best Big Companies to Work For list as well as having been awarded the Investors in People Gold Award.

Meeting our trainees
The day was hosted by Sul Alli, Director of Safety, Strategy and Services. We began by watching a safety video. Safety is our main priority and UK Power Networks is proud to have the best safety record of all electricity distribution companies.

Two of our trainees, Sammy-Jo Evans and Lauren Chappell were on hand to explain tell everyone about their experiences working for UK Power Networks and the training they had been given.

We then began our tour of the facility. From a basket crane the Minister watched electrical trainees working on overhead power lines. She joined in a training session given to electrical jointers, stripping underground cables for repair and connection, a role usually performed outdoors in trenches.

Playing a vital role
After the tour there was time to informally meet apprentices and trainee engineers in the canteen to hear first-hand about their training experiences and career aspirations. Ms Rudd enjoyed the day, saying “Supporting apprenticeships and training is a priority for this government. I am delighted that UK Power Networks is helping young people’s futures at their training centre in Sundridge. The energy industry has a vital role to play powering the economy and it is great to see such enthusiasm among the trainees.”

This was a great morning for all of us. We were really grateful that the Secretary of State was able to find time to visit, meet our staff and find out more about how UK Power Networks keeps the lights on for our eight million customers.


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