Employers

UK Power Networks

Type: Private

Founded: 2010

Employees: 5,000

UK Power Networks is Britain’s largest power network - we're responsible for delivering electricity to 7.8 million homes and businesses in London, the South East and the East of England! 

We are a distribution company which operates and maintains the networks that deliver power to you, using 170,000 kilometres of underground cables and overhead lines, and 130,000 substations. 

We also look after, maintain and upgrade power equipment - and move and connect new electricity cables. 

Apprenticeships at UK Power Networks

The Foundation Apprenticeship Programme - Electrical Power and Electrical Technology Engineering

Our Apprenticeship Programme lasts three years, and is designed to give apprentices the experience they need to become a fully qualified crafts person - and achieve a nationally recognised apprenticeship.

The programme's structure works like this:

  • Induction – two weeks
  • Participation in 1 week Outward Bound Adventure Training
  • Common foundation: General technical skills such as emergency first aid, overall awareness of all three crafts, manual handling, etc.
  • Trade foundation: Training specific to the craft you have chosen (jointer, fitter, linesperson).
  • Training on the job. You’ll accompany experienced staff to learn your craft on the job. During this stage, you’ll consolidate your skills, knowledge and experience through ‘real time’ working on the network, coupled with the acquisition of industry-recognised qualifications.
  • The first phase of the training will be predominantly residential (Monday to Friday) at one of our training centres and lasts approximately 12 months

The apprenticeship framework will include:

  • QCF (Qualification Credit Framework) Level 2 Diploma in Electrical Power Engineering. This will be completed in the work place.
  • City & Guilds Technical Certificate in Electrical Technology Engineering (C&G 2339).This will be completed via a block release study programme with our approved and accredited external training providers
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) 

What support will you receive?

Lots! The Training Programme team will always be on hand to help you, when you need it. You’ll also be in line for continuous support from your placement team whilst undergoing training to help you achieve your goals.

Throughout the programme, you’ll be given clear milestones to reach, so you'll know what your targets are.

And, of course, each time that you meet your milestones you'll be rewarded with a salary increase! 

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience:

Suitable applicants will be new to the power distribution industry and have recently achieved GCSE’s Grades A to D in English, Maths and Science/Technology or equivalent. Applicants will need to demonstrate an interest in electronics, electricity or engineering and enthusiasm to work outdoors.

No previous work experience required but candidates will need to show the ability to work in a team.

Applicants must possess a high degree of manual dexterity demonstrated through the use of hand tools and will be expected to undertake a range of practical assessment, aligned to their chosen craft, should their application be successful.

Experienced Apprentice Programme

What's it all about?

Endorsed by E&U Skills and Accredited by the IET, the Experienced Apprenticeship Programme gives our apprentices the chance to specialise in a specific trade.

It last two years, during which time apprentices become fully trained, qualified and competent “craft” persons in an electrical distribution industry.

The three trades available to specialise in are:

  • Cable jointing
  • Overhead lines
  • Electrical plant fitting

Apprentices working towards achieving both:

  • Certificate in Electrical Power Engineering 
  • QCF Diploma in Electrical Power Engineering

On the Experienced Apprentice Programme, apprentices pick up specific skills, knowledge, understanding and experience relating to their chosen craft - and undertake special duties, such as:

  • Jointers - Jointing duties, such as the maintenance & restoration of electrical supplies on the UK Power Networks distribution system, by means of carrying out jointing repairs on the HV and LV cable networks under the supervision of the area team as appropriate. 

  • Overhead Linespersons - Overhead linesperson duties, such as the maintenance & restoration of electrical supplies on the UK Power Networks distribution system and carrying out reinforcements and new connections under the supervision of the area team as appropriate.

  • Fitters - Maintenance fitter duties, such as electrical fitting activities on plant (construction, maintenance and fault rectification as required) under the supervision of the area team as appropriate.

What about accommodation?

Apprentices will be provided accommodation during a residential period of around 8 months in the company’s Training Centres acquiring the basic knowledge, skills and competence to enable them to work productively on the Network before commencing work in the areas.

During the time at the training centres apprentices will partake in training at external providers sites including an Outward Bound week in the Lake District. Apprentices will have accommodation provided by UK Power Networks for set periods as required.

During subsequent stages of the Apprentice programme you will gain more skills, knowledge and experience through training courses and through ‘real time’ working on the Network coupled with the acquisition of recognised qualifications. 

By the conclusion of the programme, you will have gained the full knowledge, skills and competence to work productively on the Network and be deemed a fully qualified craft person!

The Engineering Development Programme

What’s it all about?

The Engineering Development Programme (EDP) is a structured training programme designed to give you the skills and experience required to become a qualified field engineer.

A field engineer is someone who is competent and qualified to supervise on-site electrical work on the distribution network – and that’s what you’ll be working towards on this programme. After successfully completing your EDP, you’ll have the opportunity to put your new skills to use liaising with customers, Networks Operations and Control, and Network Planning. It’s a role that comes with plenty of responsibility, as you’ll also be supervising field staff and contractors too.

Who is it for?

The ultimate aim of the Engineering Development Programme is to take hardworking, enthusiastic business-focussed individuals and, through a bespoke training programme,

enable them to become professional power distribution engineers working on our public and private networks.

As such, you’ll need to have completed an ONC or HNC, and have some previous work experience, preferably in a relevant sector.

The structure of the programme

The programme will provide you with a highly-structured set of learning experiences throughout all parts of UK Power Networks. Your training will be delivered through a combination of hands-on and off-the-job sessions.

When you initially join the EDP, you’ll receive an induction to introduce you to UK Power Networks and a range of activities and workshops that will help you better understand your role as a trainee with us.

Once the induction is completed, your time will be split between off- and on-the-job learning sessions and experience.

  • On-the-job learning will be delivered through a placement. During this placement, you will be expected to develop an all-round understanding of engineering and business practices, as well as build some key business skills and competencies. The placement is also there to give you the opportunity to gain some hands-on experience.
  • Off-the-job learning will be delivered via the following channels:
    • Studying for a Higher National Certificate in Electrical Engineering, to include power distribution elements
    • The completion of a work-based project
    • Off-the-job training at selected development workshops and courses

We’ll also expect you to take responsibility for your own growth by looking out for learning opportunities and being proactive in developing your talents.

On average, the EDP takes two-and-a-half years to complete.

To find out more and apply visit our website

What support will I receive?

You’ll benefit from close liaison with an operational coach who is a qualified engineer, along with general mentoring from the Training Programme team. Planned reviews will provide opportunities for you to focus on specific objectives and provide an opportunity to evaluate your performance.

Graduate Careers at UK Power Networks

Graduate Engineering Programme

Our Institute of Engineering and Technology - accredited Graduate Engineering Programme is designed to help you develop the skills you need to progress and provides the stepping stones to become a Chartered Engineer. The programme will add to your all-round understanding of engineering and our various business practices while, at the same time, giving you first-hand experience. As well as giving you an insight into all aspects of our company, we’ll make sure that you get all the support you need from our professional skills team.

There are two phases: during your first year you will attend a variety of courses and undertake rotational placements in business areas.

The programme begins with an eight-week induction during which time you will gain an in depth insight into our business and will also receive training in additional areas such as finance, accounting and successful negotiation. You will also complete the Prince 2 Foundation and Practitioner qualifications. 

Furthermore, some of the Engineering specific courses include: 

  • distribution network awareness, 
  • training on our three main crafts: jointing, fitting, working on overhead lines 
  • linking and fusing and 
  • High Voltage (HV) switching. 

Throughout your first year you will have a home base location in one of our three licence areas covering London, the South East or the East of England. You will divide your time during this year between your home base and shorter rotational placements in other business areas.

In your second year, you’ll then progress into your first supported role in the business which will see you based at your original home base location. During this time you will continue to be part of the graduate programme and will receive all of the mentoring and support you need to ensure you succeed. You will gain valuable work experience – not to mention the opportunities you need to gain the professional qualifications to become a future leader in your field. What’s more, we’ll provide you with a Chartered Engineer mentor, as well as membership of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

At the end of the two years, you will then have the choice to continue working in your home base location and business area or apply to other suitable opportunities across the business. Our graduate career progression policy will ensure that you continue to be supported in your professional development.

Over the course of the programme, you’ll be reviewed on a quarterly basis to monitor your progress and development. You will also have access to exciting opportunites such as attending external industry conferences and site visits.

2013 has also seen the launch of our Graduate Alumni Network. Being part of this will allow you to meet with previous and current graduates in the business as well as having the opportunity to build your own internal network.  

Business Graduate Programme

Our Business Graduate Programme is designed to help you develop the skills you need to become a business management professional in the Power Distribution Industry. The programme will develope your all-round understanding of business and commerical management while, at the same time, giving you first-hand experience. As well as giving you an insight into all aspects of our company, we’ll make sure that you get all the support you need from our professional skills team. 

There are two phases: during your first year you will attend a variety of courses and undertake rotational placements in business areas. 

The programme begins with a three-week induction during which time you will gain an in depth insight into our business and will also receive training in additional areas such as finance, accounting and successful negotiation. You will also complete the Prince 2 Foundation and Practitioner qualifications. 

Throughout your first year you will have a home base location in one of our three licence areas covering London, the South East or the East of England. You will divide your time during this year between your home base and shorter rotational placements in other business areas. 

In your second year, you’ll then progress into your first supported role in the business which will see you based at your original home base location. During this time you will continue to be part of the graduate programme and will receive all of the mentoring and support you need to ensure you succeed. You will gain valuable work experience which will contribute to your development as a business management professional. You will support you in working towards relevant professional qualifications/accreditation such as CIMA, CIPS or RICS, if relevant to your role. You will be provided with an experienced mentor to guide and support your development.

At the end of the two years, you will then have the choice to continue working in your home base location and business area or apply to other suitable opportunities across the business. Our graduate career progression policy will ensure that you continue to be supported in your professional development. 

Over the course of the programme, you’ll be reviewed on a quarterly basis to monitor your progress and development. You will also have access to exciting opportunites such as attending external industry conferences and site visits. 

2013 has also seen the launch of our Graduate Alumni Network. Being part of this will allow you to meet with previous and current graduates in the business as well as having the opportunity to build your own internal network.

Powering Placements and Summer Internships

Our Powering Placements are for students looking for a year in industry between their 2nd and 3rd year of university and they last 10 to 12 months. 

Our Business Powering Placement Programme includes a combination of hands on and ‘classroom’ training, relevant to the position you have been selected for. You will also receive support from a mentor (a senior business manager) and a buddy (an ex-graduate), to help you gain the experience you want as well as achieve the objectives of your placement. 

Your placements will be in one of our three licence areas covering the East of England, the South East and London and we ask that candidates must be flexible with regards to location.

We will open for applications for our 2014 programmes in the next few weeks. In the meantime, you might like to register your interest on our website so that we can keep you informed.

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