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08/10/13: New apprentices switch on to bright future

Budding engineers from across the North West have taken their first steps towards a bright career with the region’s power operator Electricity North West. Steve Johnson, chief executive of Electricity North West welcomes 11 new apprentices from across the North West

The 11 new starters have embarked on a four-year apprenticeship scheme, which will see them train to work on the region’s local electricity network.

Now in its sixth year, the apprenticeship scheme is aimed at people looking to begin developing a career in the electricity industry and they will help Electricity North West power the region for years to come. Successful completion of the training will lead to jobs as jointers or fitters working to maintain and repair the electricity network.

Steve Johnson, chief executive at Electricity North West, said: “We are delighted to welcome on board our new apprentices and I wish them luck in their studies.

“With the demand in electricity set to double by 2050 the energy industry continuously needs new recruits. Our apprenticeship scheme is a perfect opportunity and a great step forward to obtaining a successful and fulfilling career with Electricity North West.”

New apprentice Laura Tregilgas, 22, from Chester, said: “I applied to become an apprentice with Electricity North West because I wanted to be trained to an exceptional standard. I’m ecstatic to have started and I’m hoping to progress to managerial level at the company in the future.”

Electricity North West funds specific electrical qualifications as well as vocational on-the-job training, which also includes aspects of health and safety, fire precautions, first aid and customer service. Alongside school-leavers, Electricity North West also offers accredited IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) training programmes which cater for both A-level students and graduates who are also looking for a career in the energy industry.

Electricity North West has also invested £2m in a new state-of-the-art training academy in Lancashire which has opened its doors for the first time this month.

For more information about Electricity North West's apprenticeship scheme please visit www.enwljobs.co.uk.

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