Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for the electricity network that powers everyday life for 8 million customers across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, is supporting National Apprenticeship Week which aims to show how apprenticeships can help individuals build the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career.
As part of the #BuildTheFuture week Northern Powergrid shared examples of some of its colleagues who have progressed their career thanks to an apprenticeship as well a video featuring some of its current apprentices.
Bringing in new people from a diverse range of backgrounds is important and Northern Powergrid hopes that National Apprenticeship Week will help more people, who may not have considered a career in the energy sector, to think again about the potential opportunities for their future.
Andy Bilclough, Northern Powergrid’s Director of Field Operations, said: “As a former apprentice myself I know that it can help open doors to other career opportunities and pathways in our industry.
“We power everyday life for a diverse range of communities and we want our future workforce to reflect this. National Apprenticeship Week is an important way to help showcase all the different apprenticeship opportunities in the energy sector.
“Electricity network operators are key to enabling net zero and delivering greener, future energy systems for our customers and the regions we serve. As networks become smarter and more digitalised an apprenticeship can be an important first stepping stone into our sector for anyone.”
In addition to Craft Apprenticeships, Northern Powergrid has also introduced apprenticeships in areas like Network Control and Network Design and it is exploring opportunities where it can develop apprenticeships that will further support its aspirations to create a more diverse workforce.
Applications for this year’s craft apprenticeship programme, which includes three skilled trades working on overhead power lines, underground cables or electrical substations, will open in the spring. Interested candidates should follow Northern Powergrid on Twitter (@northpowergrid), LinkedIn and Facebook to stay updated on launch details.