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National Apprenticeship Week

Posted on 4 March 2014 09:52 AM by barbo1e

National Apprenticeship Week is designed to celebrate Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

Apprenticeships are unique because they give candidates the opportunity to gain a qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience.

At UK Power Networks we have exciting opportunities to join our Foundation Apprenticeship programme, designed to give candidates the skills and experience to become a qualified cable jointer, electrical fitter or overhead linesperson.

We’re currently recruiting for our September 2014 intake and have vacancies in a number of locations. Find out more and apply today.

Meet some of our current apprentices

Carla Greaves, 16, Apprentice Overhead linesperson

I’ve been an apprentice with UK Power Networks since September 2013, joining straight after completing my GCSEs, and am really enjoying the experience so far. I get to try something new every day and practise my problem solving skills. I chose to undertake an apprenticeship as I am much better at practical tasks and I would hate to be stuck at a desk working in an office. 

A male-dominated profession
All of the Overhead linesmen that I’ve met so far are male and there aren’t many females in the profession but it doesn’t faze me. It is different working with mainly men but I get on well with all of the lads on-site, we have a laugh and a joke and work together well as a team.

Typical day
Each day varies, but you will either find me at one of the training centres undertaking hands-on learning or on-site early in the morning for mentoring from qualified and experienced Overhead linesmen.  I also attend Warwickshire College every couple of weeks to work towards achieving my City & Guilds Level 2 qualification in Power Engineering.

I’ve already been up an electricity pole to see how overhead power lines are fixed; it was really fun but would definitely suit someone who isn’t afraid of heights – good job I’m not!

Building confidence
My biggest achievement so far has been living away from home and this has helped me to become more independent and built my confidence. 

Charlie Horstead, 16, Apprentice Jointer

I chose to undertake an apprenticeship with UK Power Networks as I wanted to be a part of the UK’s largest distribution network operator. Studying at school was not for me as I have a more practical brain, so a career as a Jointer sounded perfect.

Keeping people connected
I like the idea of having the responsibility for keeping people connected to electricity, by repairing underground electricity cables, automating new electricity connections and locating faults in my role as a Jointer.

In it for the long-term
I love going out on-site and observing what the guys do in their job, it is great to see what I’m going to be doing for the rest of my life hopefully.  I definitely see a long-term career with UK Power Networks and they provide lots of training and support to ensure we can do our job properly.

Learning new skills
I’ve been learning lots of new skills at the training schools including modules covering health and safety and first aid.  One of my biggest achievements so far is becoming a fully qualified first aider which is great as it is a skill that I can use not just in the workplace but also outside in the wider world to help others. 

Our training includes both practical and theory elements and I’m enjoying learning both. Not only am I learning my trade but as I’m now living away from home Monday to-Friday I’m gaining my independence and learning how to fend for myself.

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