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Seven trainee electricity engineers power ahead in their careers

Seven trainee engineers at UK Power Networks are learning the ropes in crucial infrastructure roles that help keep the lights on across more than a quarter of Britain.

From Press releases - 25 November 2019 12:00 AM

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They include two women who urge more women to consider satisfying careers in electrical engineering, running the networks that power homes and businesses.

Over the next two and a half years those on the Engineering Development Programme will train to become fully qualified field engineers supervising field staff and contractors working on the high voltage electricity network, helping keep the lights on for homes and businesses.

Rachael Dean, 32, from Welwyn Garden City, said: “Gender isn’t relevant. I don’t know why more women don’t consider pursuing a career in electrical engineering. I need to get out there more often with a megaphone!

“I will become what’s known as a senior authorised person. My role will include coordinating the cable jointers, dig teams and switching on the network to isolate equipment. The engineers put everything in place for the job to be done safely and on schedule to keep the customer happy.”

Trainee engineer, Lauren Chappell, 37, from Mottingham, south east London, said: “When I was an apprentice only a handful of women were working on the tools in London but now there are a lot more of us. Things are changing. I would encourage more women to go straight out on the tools, rather than going into office work, because it’s great experience. Looking at maps on a computer is very different to putting cables into the ground and you learn so many new skills.”

Emma Barbour-Johnston, Engineering Development Programme team leader, said: “We are very excited to have our newest cohort of trainee engineers on board at such an exciting time in the industry. We look forward to seeing their progress and successes as they complete their development programme.”