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
We’re the industry body for the energy networks. Our members own and operate the wires and pipes which carry electricity and gas into your community, supporting our economy. The wires and pipes are the arteries of our economy, delivering energy to over 30 million homes and businesses across the UK and Ireland. To do this safely and reliably, the businesses which run the networks employ 45,000 people and have spent and invested over £60 billion in the last eight years.