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Skills boost for new power recruits

The UK’s biggest electricity distributor has taken on a set of new engineering recruits to help keep the lights on for millions of people.

From Press releases - 26 January 2018 12:00 AM

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UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity to eight million customers across East Anglia, London and the South East, has a new six person intake for its Engineering Development Programme (EDP).

The two-and-a-half year course sees participants who already have an electrical background, all have at least an HNC in Electrical Engineering, take the necessary steps to become fully qualified engineers.

The six will be given a broad understanding of the business through a number of work placements and will be paid during their training process with its mix of class-based and practical sessions mostly held in Bury St Edmunds.

Nigel Grapes, engineering training team leader for UK Power Networks, said: “The course is aimed to provide participants with everything they need to become an engineer with UK Power Networks, but we have deliberately made it a broader look at the business so that there is understanding of how the organisation works as a whole.

“These six participants will be in pole position to build long and successful careers with the company and we are hugely looking forward to tapping into their enormous potential. All of those who have completed the course previously are still working for UK Power Networks so it is an established successful pathway.”

Among the six chosen from a rigorous selection process was Pooja James, originally from India, but now living in Cambridge and proud to be prospering in what has been a traditionally male-dominated industry.

Pooja said: “I’m happy this company supports me and gives me a chance to learn and perform. When I was growing up my father was involved in electrical engineering and I used to help him and I’m looking forward to the breadth of knowledge this course will provide.”

Another recruit from overseas is Mihai Boar, now living in Peterborough, but previously working at a power station in his native Romania, while James Devono and Anthony Duck have found themselves reunited on the course having gone to school together in Corringham, Essex.

Daniel Stronge from Ely is maintaining a family connection as his father, Mick, has worked for the company for 34 years, while Paul Barnett from Boxford, the eldest trainee at 39, makes up the six-strong group.