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15/02/2011: Bright sparks wanted for new apprenticeship scheme

Our apprenticeship scheme has been launched to find the engineers of the future to help keep power to people across the North West.

Our apprenticeship scheme has been launched to find the engineers of the future to help keep power to people across the North West.

Electricity distribution business Electricity North West is looking for 31 apprentices and graduates across the North West to join the company, including trainees based in Blackburn, Carlisle, Kendal, Manchester, Oldham, Preston and Workington.

Now in its 4th year, the apprenticeship scheme is aimed at people looking to begin or develop a career in the electricity industry. Successful completion of the training will lead to jobs as overhead linespeople, jointers or fitters working to maintain and repair the electricity network.

The training is for a minimum of two years, with Electricity North West funding qualifications as well as on-the-job training. Training will also include aspects of health and safety, fire precautions, first aid, and customer service.

Launching the 2011 scheme, Greg Fernie, Operations Director for Electricity North West said: “We’re really keen to get new apprentices and graduates involved in working on our network in what is often a very challenging and fulfilling role.

“So many people and businesses rely on our electricity network, it’s incredibly important that it is properly maintained by skilled professionals. We’re also investing more than £1 billion in the network over the next five years and want to attract budding engineers to our business to help us deliver that.”

Arran Martin from Grange over Sands is currently working as an apprentice fitter at the Kendal depot. He said: “The training is great, you learn your job role and get the chance to go on courses and learn different skills. I would certainly recommend the scheme as it’s a great job with excellent chances to progress within the company.”

Saeed Samani is currently working on the graduate scheme and is based at the Blackburn depot in Whitebirk. He said: “The service that the company provides is essential to the public and the scheme has allowed me to explore different areas of business and put what I have learnt into practice. The skills are really in demand and the engineers who do the training are very experienced.”

The 2011 scheme launched on Monday 21 February. 

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