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03/03/14: Power operator puts apprentices in the spotlight

To mark National Apprenticeship Week Electricity North West, the region’s power network operator, is celebrating its budding engineers who will help keep the lights on across the region for years to come. Power operator puts apprentices in the spotlight

Organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, National Apprenticeship Week (3 – 7 March), promotes apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

Now in its seventh year, Electricity North West’s apprenticeship scheme has welcomed more than a hundred apprentices looking to develop careers in the electricity industry working on the vast network of underground cables and overhead lines that provide power to homes and businesses in the region.

Steve Johnson, chief executive at Electricity North West, said: “We have a responsibility to the next generation to create opportunities and also to our customers across the North West to keep their lights on for years to come.

“I started my career as a trainee engineer, joining the industry straight from school so I understand the importance of apprenticeship schemes and the endless prospects they can provide.

“It’s an exciting time to be an apprentice with Electricity North West as we approach the final year of our five-year £1.4bn investment plan and plan for another £2bn of investment in the region up to 2023. Our apprentices are the ones who will help us deliver that.”

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.”

Supporting National Apprenticeship Week, Electricity North West will be promoting the current opportunities available, what it’s like to be an apprentice and also welcome its chief executive Steve Johnson back to the floor to become an apprentice again at its new £2m training academy.

Electricity North West is currently searching for new apprentices for its 2014 apprenticeship scheme. The deadline for applications for the three-year scheme is Friday 7th March. For more information and to apply visit

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week with Electricity North West follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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