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22/01/14: Bright sparks wanted for apprenticeship scheme

Electricity North West is searching for engineers of the future to help keep the lights on across the North West. Apprenticeship scheme launched by Electricity North West

The region’s power operator is looking for budding engineers to join the company to embark on a three-year apprenticeship scheme, which will see them train to work on the local electricity network.

Now in its seventh year, the apprenticeship scheme is aimed at people looking to develop a career in the electricity industry and they will help Electricity North West power the region for years to come.

Training will be based in a multi-million pound training academy in Blackburn and successful completion of the apprenticeship will lead to jobs as jointers, fitters and overhead linespeople based in Blackburn, Oldham and Manchester.

Launching the 2014 scheme, Helen Sweeney, business services director for Electricity North West, said: “It’s an exciting time to be an apprentice with Electricity North West and we’re on the lookout for talented people in the region.

“So many people and businesses rely on our electricity network, it’s incredibly important that it is properly maintained by skilled professionals. This is why we have also invested £2m in a brand new training academy where apprentices can learn the trade in a state-of-the-art facility.” Apprentice for Electricity North West, Daniel Wright

Apprentice Danny Wright, 19, from Stockport, said: “I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship because the work is so varied, which means I’m always learning and every day is different.

“The staff are very experienced and are happy to pass on their skills so that we can successfully finish the apprenticeship and move up the career ladder within Electricity North West.”

Alongside the apprenticeship schemes, Electricity North West also offers schemes accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology for both A-level entrants and graduates.

The deadline for applications is 7th March 2014. For more information and to apply visit

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