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04/09/14: Apprentices power ahead to a brighter future

Today bright sparks from across the North West have successfully completed an apprenticeship scheme and secured a permanent position which will see them work to keep the lights on across the region.

Apprentices from Electricity North West power ahead to a brighter future

The 14 graduates, aged 18-25, have completed a four-year training programme with Electricity North West and will now be working with experienced engineers to help maintain the region’s power network.

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.

Nathan Gillies, 19, a jointer apprentice from Carlisle, said: “The apprenticeship scheme has been fantastic and I’ve made some great friends along the way. Nathan Gillies apprentice with Electricity North West

“I would recommend the scheme to anyone I spoke to. If you complete your training you then have a secure trade that you will be able to use for the rest of your life.”

Sally McGuire, head of talent and resourcing at Electricity North West, said: “Today is a significant milestone for the trainees and it reflects our commitment to investing in young people across the North West.

“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.

“With the rise in university tuition fees, apprenticeship schemes offer a vital alternative where young people can earn while they learn and develop their skills and progress into a long-term career.

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.

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