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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

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About Energy Networks Association

Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the electricity wires, gas pipes and energy system in the UK and Ireland.

ENA helps its members meet the challenge of delivering electricity and gas to communities across the UK and Ireland safely, sustainably and reliably.

Its members include every major electricity and gas network operator in the UK and Ireland, independent operators, National Grid ESO which operates the electricity system in Great Britain and National Gas which operates the gas system in Great Britain. Its affiliate membership also includes companies with an interest in energy, including Heathrow Airport and Network Rail.

What are energy network operators?

Energy network operators manage and maintain the wires, pipes and other infrastructure which delivers electricity and gas to your home, business and community. They are private companies which are regulated by Ofgem and employ around 40,000 people in Great Britain.

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