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Search for new apprentices to help power Cumbria

To mark National Apprenticeship Week the region’s power network operator, Electricity North West, is calling for new apprentices to start a bright career helping to power the lives of people across Cumbria.

The search is on for six new apprentices from across Cumbria, including Workington, Carlisle and Barrow, to train for three years to help maintain, develop and grow the electricity network for years to come.

National Apprenticeship Week (5-9 March) is organised by the National Apprenticeship Service to help promote apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

Electricity North West’s apprenticeship scheme, which is now in its eleventh year, has trained and developed more than 200 apprentices providing opportunities for local people in the region.

Peter Emery

Peter Emery, CEO for Electricity North West, said: “Our apprentices make a huge contribution to our organisation and we have a responsibility to the next generation to create opportunities.

“That’s why we’re marking National Apprenticeship Week with a call to action for people from across the North West to apply for our apprenticeship scheme and help us continue to deliver an essential, safe and innovative service for our five million customers.”

Apprentice Oliver Tonge, 21, from Carlisle, said: “I was at university and I decided it wasn’t for me. The apprenticeship gives a great insight into the energy industry and it will give me valuable skills and experience with a highly respected company with great opportunities.”

Annabel Hall

Apprentice Annabel Hall, aged 19, from Kendal, said: “I decided to carry out an apprenticeship as it is a good alternative to university, with on the job training and relevant qualifications being paid for.

“I have always wanted to go into engineering and Electricity North West offered me a great opportunity. I have enjoyed working in many areas of the company and with a wide variety of people.

“I would definitely recommend being an apprentice at Electricity North West as you gain experience and knowledge that on the job training gives you.”

In total 20 apprenticeship opportunities are available across the North West, including both overhead power line apprentices and cable jointer apprentices and the deadline is the 2nd April. To find out more and to apply click here.

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