2024 Foundation Apprentice Programme - Eastern Region September Intake

2024 Foundation Apprentice Programme - Eastern Region September Intake

Date: 2 Dec 2023

Location: N/A, Various, GB


2024 Foundation Apprentice Programme

Reporting to

Engineering Trainees Team Leader


EPN - Braintree, Bury St Edmunds, Chilterns, Colchester, Letchworth, Kings Lynn, Letchworth, Purfleet, Risby, Southend


Health, Safety, Sustainability & Technical Training

Employment Period


Contract Type

SGNF Collective Agreement

CiP Level


Salary Range

£20,064 per annum

Closing Date

31 January 2024

Start Date

September 2024



‘Unlock Your Potential in the Power Distribution Industry’


Are you a dynamic school leaver, eager to embark on an exciting career journey? Look no further. Join the UK Power Networks Foundation Apprenticeship Programme and become a vital part of the largest electricity distribution network covering London, the East of England, and the South East, serving over eight million customers to whom we distribute electricity.


This is a 3-year journey towards becoming a skilled ‘craftsperson’ in Electrical Power Engineering, get ready for an adventure that combines hands-on experience, first-class training, and even a dash of outdoor excitement!



Why Choose UK Power Networks?


At UK Power Networks, we're committed to nurturing and investing in talented individuals.

Our Foundation Apprenticeship Programme is accredited by the IET and endorsed by EU Skills, offering a unique opportunity to become a fully trained, qualified, and competent "craft" person in the electrical distribution industry.


If successful with your application you will be allocated as an apprentice to your local area and trained in one of the following trade’s cable jointing, overhead lines or electrical plant fitting.


Cable Jointing:

Master the art of underground cable jointing, involving maintenance and restoration of electrical supplies on our electricity distribution networks. You'll carry out jointing repairs on the High and Low voltage cables under expert supervision from our many skilled craftsmen and engineers.


Overhead Lines:

Comfortable working at height? Take on responsibilities for maintaining and restoring electrical supplies for all of our overhead network, executing reinforcements and new connections will be an exciting part of your day, whilst keeping the power on for our many millions of customers.


Plant Fitting:

Dive into the world of electrical fitting activities on various plant across our substations this will include construction, maintenance, and fault rectification as required. The opportunities are endless and no day is ever the same












So what can I expect from the programme?:



Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award: As part of our commitment to personal development, we deliver the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, equipping all of our young and ambitious trainees with invaluable life skills and experiences which your group will achieve on an exciting journey together.


Residential Training at Bridgwater College: Immerse yourself in an intensive training program during your first year at our residential Bridgwater College in Somerset. Over a series of months, you'll acquire City and Guilds Qualifications and develop the expertise necessary to excel in your chosen craft whilst learning a range of different hand and more importantly life skills that will set you up perfectly for your future careers.


Outward Bound Team Building Week: Get to know your apprentice group, we encourage our trainees to embark on another exciting week in the lake district during your induction period, a range of exciting outdoor activities and experiences await which will show resilience, team work and dedication all whilst creating memories that will last forever.


Travel Expenses Covered: We understand that embarking on this journey may require you to step out of your comfort zone. That's why we cover all your travel expenses during the training period, ensuring you can focus on your learning and growth, maximising your full potential.




Key Responsibilities & Competencies:


Get ready to master every facet of your chosen craft, showcasing your skills with confidence and flair. Safety is our priority, and you'll be a shining example of commitment to health and well-being, not just during your apprenticeship, but well into your future career.


Flexibility and adaptability are your secret weapons, allowing you to thrive in a constantly evolving environment. Collaborate seamlessly with your apprentice peers to your new UK Power Networks colleagues valued suppliers, training providers, and contractors.


Communication is key, and you'll be the leading light in establishing strong, productive relationships with your fellow trainees, and the wider community. Watch as your interpersonal skills light up every interaction!


And let's not forget the thrill of achieving all your qualifications and milestones along the way. It's not just a programme; it's a pathway to success and personal growth.



Qualifications and Experience:


• Recently achieved or on track to achieve GCSE grades A to D or 9 to 4 in English, Maths, and Science, or equivalent.

• Possess higher-level secondary education qualifications such as A levels or BTEC.

• No prior work experience required, but a demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team is essential.

• Exhibit a high level of manual dexterity for the role.




So lets recap what’s in store for you :



🌟 Craftsmanship Excellence: be assigned your pathway in Jointing, Overhead Lines, or Fitting, and watch as you acquire essential skills, knowledge, and experience that will set you up for success.


🏡 Residential Training Retreats: Spend a number of months at our exclusive training centres and residential college inm Somerset, where you'll master the basics in a supportive environment. And don't forget the thrilling Outward-Bound week in the picturesque Lake District!


📚 Learning & Certification: Throughout the programme, you'll blend training courses with hands-on experience on the Networ and the local areas. By the end, you'll emerge as a fully qualified crafts person armed with recognised qualifications.


🔄 Shifts & Flexibility: Get ready for a dynamic work schedule. Once qualified, you may be part of a team working around the clock, ensuring a seamless operation 24/7


🏠 Provided Accommodation: Your home away from home during training centres stays? We've got it covered! Stay comfortably in UK Power Networks-provided accommodation, ensuring you're well-rested and ready to conquer each day.


🚗 Driving Licence Priority: Buckle up! A full driving licence is a must on completion of your training, and it'll be your ticket to even more exciting opportunities.


But wait, there's more! Prior to embarking on this incredible journey, a few steps like drug & alcohol tests and medical screening will ensure you're a perfect fit for this adventure


Join us in shaping the future of energy and be part of something truly electrifying! Apply now and let's power up your career together! 🚀⚡ 





How to apply and Application Process:



Get ready to launch your career with UK Power Networks! The application process is your gateway to a truly exciting apprenticeship journey. Here's a sneak peek at what awaits:



🚀 Online Application and CV –

Your first step towards an exciting future! Showcase your skills and passion for energy.


🔍 Situational Judgment Assessments –

Show us how you tackle real-world scenarios. Your decision-making skills are about to shine!


📹 Video Interview –

 Lights, camera, action! This is your moment to let your personality and potential dazzle.


🔝 Working at Height Assessment –

 Reach new heights, literally! Safety is paramount, and you'll demonstrate your commitment.


🎯 Assessment Centre –

The heart of the action! Engage in dynamic activities and demonstrate your skills to our team.


💬 Interview –

Your chance to really shine! Share your enthusiasm, aspirations, and show us why you're the perfect fit for the team.