As National Apprenticeship Week launches, we look at the impact of apprenticeships in the energy industry.
As we mark National Apprenticeship week, we recognise the vital work that apprentices carry out to the nation’s energy infrastructure to keep Britain’s energy flowing. Of those 36,000 workers in the networks, 1,200 are apprentices and colleagues working to service homes and businesses as well as hospitals, care homes and supermarkets.
Energy network operators will always need apprentices to fill the tradition roles within their companies, vital if we are to keep our networks as some of the most reliable in the world. But as technology moves forward leaps and bounds, as we meet our Net Zero targets, apprentices are taking part in programmes designed to deliver a workforce for the future: in roles including engineering, digital and even cyber security.
Throughout the last year of the coronavirus pandemic, in challenging circumstances, apprentices have been gaining invaluable experience and kept working hard to keep energy flowing safely across the UK.
Here are some examples of how apprentices play their part in this forward-thinking, exciting industry:
About Energy Networks Association
Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the companies which operate 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 Grid 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 45,000 people in the UK and Ireland. They are represented by their industry body, Energy Networks Association (that's us).
Energy supplier or network operator? Energy network operators are entirely separate to your energy supplier, which is the company that bills you for using electricity and gas. Energy suppliers and generators are represented by Energy UK.