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Power operator seeks bright sparks from across Cumbria for apprentice scheme

Group apprentices[T]he region’s power network operator, Electricity North West, is seeking a new generation of energy apprentices to help keep the lights on in Cumbria for years to come.

To mark ten years of the apprentice programme Electricity North West is offering the highest number of places to 37 enthusiastic and hands-on people across the North West, including five in Carlisle and three in Kendal.

The two and three year programmes provide an opportunity for local people to learn a trade for life after leaving school, college or seeking a new career. The apprenticeships specialise on overhead power lines, substations, underground electricity cables telecoms, cyber intrusion and vehicle mechanics.

Helen Sweeney, customer and corporate services director for Electricity North West, said: “The North West is a vibrant, exciting place to live and work with incredible people and businesses and a reputation for innovation and growth.

“We’re very proud that it’s our network that powers the success of the whole region, from the office blocks of Manchester to the farms and village tea rooms of Cumbria, delivering an essential service and keeping the lights on for five million people.

“To support us delivering this service we are looking for people from across the North West who share that pride and enthusiasm.”

There are a variety of apprenticeships available, craft apprenticeships and higher level apprenticeship with locations across the North West from Manchester to Carlisle. Click here to find out more.

Charlotte Pearson
Charlotte Pearson

Apprentice Charlotte Pearson, aged 23, from Kendal, said: “I decided to carry out an apprenticeship because it’s a good opportunity to learn and get a thorough understanding of the company and industry.

“I’ve enjoyed going out on site and seeing what happens in real life situations to keep the lights on.

“I would recommend being an apprentice because you can further your education whilst specialising in a role and it’s a good route for career progression.”


With a high demand for cyber security professionals in the UK workforce, Electricity North West is participating in a new government led initiative, find out here how you can join a growing profession and help defend against any potential cyber threats to the company.

Applications are open and you can apply online here. The deadline for the craft apprenticeship programme is 29th January and for the higher level programme the deadline is 31st March.

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