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Skills boost for Milton Keynes worker

A Milton Keynes man has been chosen to train as a professional engineer, after ten years working alongside engineers helping to keep the power flowing to thousands of homes and businesses.

From News & press - 26 May 2021 12:00 AM

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Joe Osmond is a cable jointer with UK Power Networks, the country’s largest electricity distributor, which has chosen him for a two-and–a-half year higher apprenticeship to become a fully qualified engineer.

Joe, 32, began his working life as a prison custody officer driving a van transporting prisoners. Then he decided: “I wanted a proper career like my dad who is a linesman for UK Power Networks based in Stevenage. I applied to the company two years running and got in as an apprentice the second time.”

Based at the company’s Hemel Hempstead office Joe said that while working he studied for an ONC in electrical engineering at Bedford College. He was delighted when he was then chosen to take a higher apprenticeship and says he is looking forward to it as there is still lots to learn.

“I mainly work in new connections and work alongside connections engineers. I’ve seen what the engineers do and I want to do that,” he said.

Joe is being paid while he studies and will be given a broad understanding of the business through a number of work placements. The course is a mix of classroom-based and practical sessions mostly held at one of the company’s training centres in Suffolk and Kent. 

Steven Read, UK Power Networks’ trainees programmes manager said: “This is a great time to become an engineer in UK Power Networks, with the need to deliver the maintenance and asset upgrades to support new innovative engineering solutions to meet Net Zero.”

UK Power Networks distributes electricity across London, the South East and East of England to 8.3 million customers. The company’s operational teams deliver safe and reliable power supplies, which enable the increasing uptake of electric vehicles and electric heating towards a low carbon future.