Apprentices start work at UK Power Networks

Apprentices start work at UK Power Networks

UK Power Networks has recruited 16 new apprentices.

The network operator's latest group will be training to work on underground electricity cables and substations. They follow hot on the heels of a summer intake, many of whom are preparing to work at height, repairing and maintaining overhead power lines.

The latest recruits will complete their core training at the company's training centres, in Kent and Suffolk, where they gain knowledge, skills and competence in the classroom to work productively on the network, before starting work at their depots.

The training centres test their knowledge and practical skills on mock power lines, substations and cables. Alongside formal training, the recruits gain on-the-job experience in the field, putting their skills into practice.

Steven Read, trainees' programmes manager at UK Power Networks, said: "Our successful apprentices become part of the workforce that keeps electricity flowing to a population of about 18 million people. Our apprenticeship programmes are top class, developing the next generation of experts to run our electricity networks and maintain an essential service."

Endorsed by Energy and Utility Skills and accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, UK Power Networks' recruits follow a Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard and become fully qualified in one of three trades: cable jointer, overhead lines person or electrical fitter.

Next year's Network Awards will feature an Apprentice of the Year category. The deadline for entries is 30 November. For further information visit



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