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Power network operator searching for engineers of the future

Electricity North West apprentices

The firm which operates the North West’s power network is continuing its search for budding apprentices to keep power flowing around the region for years to come.

Electricity North West has 23 vacancies up for grabs across its craft and higher-level apprenticeship scheme.

The award-winning scheme is now in its 12th year and more than 200 apprentices have successfully passed through the programme.

Open to people from the age of 16, successful applicants will be in training for three years at Electricity North West’s state-of-the-art Training Academy as well as various depots throughout the region.

Peter Emery, CEO at Electricity North West, said: “Our apprenticeship scheme has been a roaring success and it’s a programme that we are extremely proud of.

“Each year, it continues to grow and last year, we had a record number of applicants and it’s looking like we’ll have even more applications this year.

“We’re looking for people from across the North West to come and join and help us to continue to deliver an essential, safe and innovative service for many years to come.

“Last year, we launched our ambitious £63.5m ‘Leading the North West to zero carbon’ plan which will transform the region, it’s certainly an exciting time to join and I look forward to meeting our workforce of the future.”

Apprenticeships available include project co-ordinators, operational engineers, control engineers, design engineers, jointers or overhead line workers.

Last September, Electricity North West’s apprenticeship programme scooped the award for ‘Best Learning and Development Initiative’ at the People in Power Awards, organised by the National Skills Academy for Power.

The award celebrates initiatives that have significantly benefited the learning and development of a workforce.

Richard Rawlinson

Cumbria’s Richard Rawlinson, who is in his first year as a craft apprentice, said: “Upon joining Electricity North West, I knew this was the place for me.

“You learn so much in such a short space of time and the support is excellent. I like being out on site and experiencing different situations, everybody is willing to help and I’m learning more every day.

“I’m extremely grateful of the opportunity and I look forward to what the future holds.”

The deadline to apply is Sunday February 16th and to apply, visit here.

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