Registration of Interest (Talent Pool) - 2021 Foundation Apprentice Programme
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Registration of Interest (Talent Pool) - 2021 Foundation Apprentice Programme

Date: 22-Apr-2021

Location: N/A, Various, GB



2021 Foundation Apprentice Programme

Reporting to

Engineering Trainees Team Leader


London, Southeast and East of England

Employment Period


Salary Range

Circa £16,049 per annum

Start Date

September 2021


Please register your interest in applying for our 2021 Foundation Apprentice Programme by applying to this vacancy and registering your details.

As soon as applications are formally open, we will get in touch to let you know.


This is your chance to become an apprentice in UK Power Networks with opportunities to progress within a respected company. UK Power Networks has the largest electricity distribution network covering London, the East of England and the South East with more than eight million customers to whom we distribute electricity.


Benefits we offer: 

Personal Pension Plan – Personal contribution rates of 4% or 5% (UK Power Networks will make a corresponding contribution of 8% or 10%)

Tenancy Loan Deposit scheme 

Tax efficient benefits: cycle to work scheme

Season ticket loan

Occupational Health support

Switched On – scheme providing discount on hundreds of retailers products.

Supplier discounts, such as O2, EE, Vauxhall cars, Universal tyres

Discounted access to sports and social clubs

Employee Assistance Programme.


Job Purpose:

The UK Power Networks Apprenticeship Programme, endorsed by E&U Skills and Accredited by the IET, provides a chance for individuals to become trained, qualified “craft” persons in an electrical distribution industry in one of the following trade’s cable jointing, overhead lines or electrical plant fitting.


Principal Accountabilities:

  • Apprentices are expected to learn all aspects of their chosen craft and apply the knowledge, skills and techniques gained through the Apprenticeship Programme competently, safely and in accordance with Network standards.
  • Apprentices will follow a Trailblazer Apprenticeship Framework which will include a Certificate in Electrical Power Engineering and a competency-based qualification in Electrical Power Engineering whilst on the Programme.

Apprentices are expected to undertake tasks in accordance with their chosen craft. Crafts available are:

  • Jointers - Jointing tasks, such as the maintenance and restoration of electrical supplies on the UK Power Networks distribution system, by means of carrying out jointing repairs on the HV and LV cable networks under the guidance of the area team as appropriate.
  • Overhead Linespersons - Overhead linesperson responsibilities, such as the maintenance and restoration of electrical supplies on the UK Power Networks distribution system and carrying out reinforcements and new connections under the guidance of the area team.
  • Fitters - Maintenance fitter responsibilities, such as electrical fitting activities on plant (construction, maintenance and fault rectification as required) under the guidance of the area team as appropriate.


Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience:

Suitable applicants will be new to the power distribution industry and have recently achieved or be on course to achieve GCSE’s Grades A to D or 3 to 9 in English, Maths and Science/Technology or equivalent or higher level secondary education qualifications such as A levels or BTEC. Applicants will need to demonstrate an interest in electronics, electricity or engineering and enthusiasm to work outdoors.

No previous work experience required but candidates will need to show the ability to work in a team.

Applicants must possess a high degree of manual dexterity.


Nature and Scope:

The Apprentice programme is 3 years in duration (indicative timescale) working towards achievement of a competency-based qualification and a technical certificate in Electrical Power Engineering whilst gaining skills, knowledge, understanding and experience in their chosen craft. The aim is to develop into a qualified, competent crafts persons in one trade from Jointing, Overhead Lines and Fitting.

Trainees will spend up to 11 months in residential training centres acquiring the basic knowledge, skills and competence to let them to work productively on the Network before commencing work in the areas. The residential element of the training programme is compulsory and apprentices will be required to reside in UK Power Networks provided accommodation during the working week. During the time at the training centres apprentices will partake in training at external providers sites including an Outward Bound week in the Lake District. Apprentices will have accommodation provided by UK Power Networks for set periods as required.

During subsequent stages of the Apprentice programme you will gain more skills, knowledge and experience through training courses and through ‘real-time’ working on the Network coupled with the acquisition of recognised qualifications. By the conclusion of the programme, you will have gained the full knowledge, skills and competence to work productively on the Network and be deemed a qualified craft person. Successful candidates will also be required to obtain a full driving licence as soon as eligible which is to be personally funded.

Candidates are asked to be aware that applicants may be required to work shifts over a 24 hour shift pattern covering 7 days a week once qualified.


Training may take place at training centres across the United Kingdom.



  • Apprentices will demonstrate full and sustained competence in all aspects of their chosen craft.
  • Apprentices will maintain throughout their programme, and beyond, a demonstrated commitment and adherence to health and safety standards, customer service and organisational values.
  • Apprentices will work collaboratively, with other UK Power Networks employees, suppliers, training providers and contractors.
  • Apprentices will demonstrate good communication and interpersonal skills to establish relationships with colleagues, suppliers, training providers, contractors and the general public.
  • Apprentices will achieve all the qualifications and associated programme milestones.


Application Process:

  • Online application and CV
  • Situational assessments
  • Video interview
  • Working at height assessment
  • Assessment centre and interview


Health & Safety Responsibilities

Managers and supervisors carry both legal and company responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of their employees, those under their control and those who might be affected by the work undertaken, i.e. public, visitors and employees of other organisations. This includes briefing individuals working for them and ensuring there is the necessary understanding, competence and application of requirements to work safely and without harming the environment.

Employees are responsible for ensuring they understand the health and safety risks involved in their work activities and their responsibility to apply the controls needed to manage those risks to acceptable levels. Similarly where work activities can have an adverse impact upon the environment, and particularly where there are legal requirements, employees are responsible for understanding those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied.

If in doubt ask!


Applicants are asked to be aware that data held by UK Power Networks will be stored, processed and monitored by authorised personnel. The information you supply will be used by the Skills Funding Agency, an executive agency of the Department for Education (DfE), to issue you with a Unique Learner Number (ULN), and to create your Personal Learning Record. For more information about how your information is processed and shared refer to the Extended Privacy Notice available on Gov.UK. It will not be disclosed to any other third-party unlawfully in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018.


We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, colour, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.