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Learning at Work helps Ipswich man’s career

In Learning at Work Week (May 13-19) Ipswich man Joe De-Rosa wants to encourage people to continue learning to develop their careers, after he joined a support scheme run by his employer UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 9 May 2019 12:00 AM

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The country’s largest electricity distributor runs a Supported Studies programme that provides funding and time for staff to achieve qualifications and develop interests relevant to their jobs or career development.

In the past five years more than 1,600 employees have taken advantage of UK Power Networks Supported Studies scheme and 462 employees have already applied for funding this year for Further Education, Higher Education, vocational or professional qualifications.

Joe, 26, had a training role in the company’s call centre in Ipswich and applied to take an HR level 3 certificate. He is now working in London on a project to train customer-facing staff to deliver the highest level of service.

Joe said the course helped him in many ways: “I gained knowledge in processes and a better understanding of the business, from recruitment to recognising employees. This will really help me become a future manager. It’s given me more confidence to try new things and I have gained a better understanding of the company, along with picking up some beneficial management skills.”

He said: “The company was a great support, I got time off for exams and some study, Supported Studies is a really good idea and it opens the possibilities up to everybody.”

Popular courses are Electrical and Electronic Engineering BTEC courses, City & Guilds Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Power Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering HNC, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and accountancy qualifications.

Learning at Work Week takes place from May 13-19 on the theme 'Shaping the Future'. For more details see