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UK energy networks to provide more than 700 apprenticeships this year

02 February 2024

More than 700 apprenticeships will be offered by the UK’s energy network operators this year, data from Energy Networks Association (ENA) released to mark the start of Apprenticeship Week (5-9 February) reveals. 


The apprenticeships are a great opportunity for young people starting their career or those aiming to retrain who want to get their foot in the door of the energy sector.

Whether out in the community or working in administrative centres, energy networks plan to recruit apprentice analysts and engineers, as well as those aspiring to join corporate positions. 

Across the UK, more than 700 apprenticeships will be offered in 2024. Around 150 of these are at level 4 or higher, meaning the qualification is, at minimum, the equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree. These apprenticeships are designed to offer a broad range of access points into the energy sector for anyone from school leavers and recent graduates to adults looking to retrain.

Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive of ENA said:

“To support the energy transition, we need a fresh surge of ambitious, talented and passionate people to come on board. It’s great to see so many apprentices being recruited this year, as we know many successful careers have been built on these foundations.” 

Many of the apprenticeships that energy network operators offer have exceptional reputations. NIE Networks Apprentice Academy won the best Apprenticeship Programme in the Department for Education Apprenticeship Awards 2023 under the Large Employer category. This programme is also the only IET accredited programme in Northern Ireland.

Anyone looking to kick-start their career in the sector can find more information, including links to every networks’ recruitment portal, at

About us

Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the energy networks. Our members include every major electricity network operator in the UK. The electricity networks are at the heart of the energy transition. They directly employ more than 26,000 people in the UK, including 1,500 apprentices. They are spending and investing £33bn in our electricity grids over the coming years, to ensure safe, reliable and secure energy supplies for the millions of homes and businesses reliant on power every day.

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