Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for running the electricity network in Yorkshire, the North East and northern Lincolnshire, has launched the first stage of an eight-year recruitment drive that will see more than 800 people start a new career in the region’s energy industry.
The company, which transports electricity to 3.9 million homes and businesses across the region, is opening its 2015 craft apprenticeship programme for applications.
Enthusiastic, hands on individuals who want to learn a trade for life after leaving school or college, or are looking for a change in career direction, can apply for the following apprenticeships:
Overhead Linesman – learn how to construct and maintain overhead electricity lines
Underground Cable Jointer – learn how to repair, install and connect underground electricity cables
Electrical Substation Fitter – learn how to install and maintain electrical plant and equipment.
Lindi Hutchinson, director of human resources at Northern Powergrid, said: “We want to attract a new generation of people into our business. Last year we delivered an investment programme of more than £400 million and we want to strengthen our team as we deliver our future plans to further improve the region’s electricity network.
“Over the next eight years, we will take on around 100 new craft and technical recruits every year. Our craft apprentices will work as part of a skilled team and receive the training they need to develop an exciting career in the energy industry.
“They will gain experience on our diverse power network which covers cities and rural communities across the region.
“Through a mix of practical experience, on-the-job training and college study they will achieve recognised qualifications and, for those who prove themselves, a permanent job.”
Interested candidates should visit Northern Powergrid’s website (www.northernpowergrid.com/careers) to complete an online application form.