Craft Apprentice

Job reference: 000856

Location: Various

Closing date: 25/02/2022

Salary: Not specified

Employment type: Temporary

Department: Engineering

Hours per week: 37

With the world changing and new and exciting technologies coming to life, it’s a fantastic time to come and join the energy industry. You will help us develop new ways of thinking, supporting us in being smarter in how we manage our network and how we keep the flow of electricity to our 5 million customers.

We are already using electric vehicles and trialling electric machinery on our journey to Net Zero carbon. Our teams are passionate about making a positive difference to the environment, finding innovative ways to tackle climate change and the increased demand for electricity. This is an exciting opportunity to come and join us on our journey to Net Zero carbon. 

Our Roles

Do you have a passion for the great outdoors, no matter the weather? Do you like rolling your sleeves up and taking on a challenge? If you do, then this year we have three craft apprenticeships available.

Overhead Linesperson– You will learn to work on our 14,000 kilometres of overhead lines safely at height. We will provide you with the knowledge, skills, training and tools to enable you to build, maintain and repair our overhead electricity lines on wooden poles or steel towers.  This role is critical to ensuring our customers in more rural areas have electricity supply to power their homes, phones, laptops and TV’s

Cable Jointer – you will work with our experienced teams to install, maintain and repair our electrical cables in the ground.  These cables transmit the flow of electricity from our substations to towns and cities, connecting homes and businesses across the North West, keeping the power flowing and the lights on for our customers.

Fitter As a Fitter you will be working in our 35,000 substations across the North West to maintain electricity supply to our customers. You will be working in confined spaces to complete fault finding, repairs and site maintenance looking after equipment including switchgear and transformers. 

Locations: Our craft locations are - Barrow, Blackburn, Carlisle, Oldham, Penrith, Preston, Salford and Stockport.

What’s in it for you?

Learn while you earn on our fully funded three-year Apprenticeship Programme. It’s a great opportunity to gain hands on experience, develop your skills and knowledge and power a great career with us.

As part of the programme you will;

  • Study for City & Guilds level 2 qualification
  • Study for a Level 3 industry recognised Power Network Apprenticeship;
  • Have a work-based mentor to support your development;
  • Start on a salary of £12,699.44 per year and receive annual increases
  • Holidays start at 23 days per year, rising to 26 days by the end of the programme plus 8 bank holidays per year;
  • Have access to our colleague reward platform offering discounts on high street, retailers, leisure, travel and so much more;
  • Gain membership to our pension scheme offering an employer contribution of up to 14%;  

About You: 

You will need the following skills and qualifications to start your career journey with us;

  • GCSE or equivalent Maths and English Language level 4 - 9 or A* - C;
  • Enjoy working outdoors in all weathers;
  • Working as part of a team;
  • An interest in driving forward your career.

We welcome applications from all candidates who meet the minimum criteria.  We look forward to hearing from you!

The closing date for applications is Friday 25 February 2022.

Assessment Centres will be held in March 2022.

If successful in your application, there will be several pre-employment checks we are required to carry out and documents for you to provide before you can join us. Any offer of employment with Electricity North West is subject to the checks being satisfactory.


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