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National Apprenticeship Week: Opportunities in the energy networks

08 February 2021

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 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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