If you’re considering an apprenticeship, you’re considering a job that’s diverse, well-paid and which emphasises skills and qualifications. Apprenticeships in the energy and utilities sector have great starting salaries, training and mentoring and of course, opportunities for career progression.
From IT programmes to engineering programmes, there are many types of apprenticeships on offer. Entry criteria ranges from 5 GCSEs to 2 A-levels/BTEC Level 3 for higher and degree level apprenticeships.
Learn, earn and make a difference just like these individuals…
It’s a tough job market out there for young people. Apprentice electricity linesperson, Cameron Stafford, 20, from Peacehaven, Sussex, is one of 100 apprentices UK Power Networks is currently supporting through skilled apprenticeships. He’s training to maintain and repair the overhead power lines which keep power flowing in Sussex.
"United Utilities is a fantastic company to work for, with great progression and development opportunities. Through my apprenticeship I have received in-house training and I’m encouraged to progress as much as possible."
“As a next step in their career, this is a great opportunity for service leavers. It offers a similar supportive structure as the Forces, you get to work as a team, get hands-on and have the same backing from your superiors. I would strongly recommend it and in fact I have two friends who also joined an adult apprenticeship after seeing and hearing about my positive experience.”
"After spending six weeks working for Kier, I couldn’t imagine working or doing anything else as I was enjoying it that much. The work experience had just proved to me how much I enjoyed working and earning my own money."
"I’ve always enjoyed problem solving and am quite a ‘hands on’ type of person. Friends of mine work in similar roles and after chatting to them about their jobs and the satisfaction they got from what they did it made me start looking into opportunities in the energy and utilities sector."
"There's lot of career prospects at SSE. We move around the business every 6 months we get to have training and development in different business areas. For example, I have already worked in Data and Analytics Corporate Solutions & Change Management."
"Even though I am an apprentice and have only been with the company for just over a year, I applied for a role as a Future Leaders Board member which I had worked hard to be able to achieve. If you want to succeed and put in the hard work, Anglian Water will help you achieve anything you aspire to be."
Sara's passion for the job and her colleagues at Kent Enviropower is evident: ‘I'm one of only two women on shift, but the guys are so helpful. It's a lovely atmosphere, they look out for me. When I won Apprentice of the Year, they kept clapping whenever I walked into a room, it was funny.'