An apprenticeship in the power industry covers three main areas: generation, transmission and distribution.
The massive network of power stations and wind farms across the country and the national transmission network (the electricity pylons and utility poles) keep electricity flowing into our houses.
As an apprentice on the generation pathway of the advanced level apprenticeship, you’d learn how to operate and maintain the equipment that produces electricity in power stations and wind farms. You could be diagnosing and repairing faults on machinery, testing equipment and handling the materials that the plant uses to generate electricity.
In the distribution and transmission pathways, you’d be installing and maintaining the network that supplies electricity to homes and businesses. This work can involve many tasks, like joining and repairing cables, maintaining substations, and building or repairing power lines.
All areas of this apprenticeship focus on the installation and maintenance of plant and equipment associated with electricity distribution, transmission and generation. Health and safety plays a major role in all areas of training.
The industry also faces many exciting changes as it must come up with new ways to generate electricity - with this apprenticeship you could be part of it.
The industry average starting salary - once qualified - is £20,000.
Further information on apprenticeships in the power industry can be found from Energy and Utility Skills [new window].
Reproduced from The Apprenticeship Guide 2013 [new window]
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