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28/11/14: New apprentices power ahead to a bright future

New apprentices power ahead to a bright future

Budding engineers from across the North West have taken their first steps towards a bright career with the region’s power network operator Electricity North West.

The eight 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 seventh 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 and fitters working to maintain and repair the electricity network. New apprentice Mohammad Zahir from Preston

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.

“Our apprenticeship scheme will not only be beneficial for these young people and their careers, but it is also helping to ensure the lights are kept on in the North West.

“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.”

Mohammad Zahid, 31, from Preston, said: “I’m looking forward to learning a new set of skills and getting hands on and obtaining great experience.”

Phillipa Crompton, 22, from Longridge, said: “I’m looking forward to the sense of achievement when I graduate from the scheme and becoming a qualified crafts person.
New apprentice Phillipa Crompton from Longridge
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 opened its doors last year.

For more information about Electricity North West's apprenticeship scheme please click here.

To watch videos and to learn more about the scheme from our apprentices visit us on YouTube.

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