The search is officially on as power network operator Electricity North West has opened the recruitment window for its award-winning apprenticeship scheme.
Forty-five roles are now up for grabs with the network reaffirming its commitment to investing in green jobs by making the record intake during a period of record investment in the region’s electricity infrastructure.
Roles available throughout the region include roles focused on maintaining and upgrading underground power cables and overhead lines, along with cyber security, design engineers and vehicle maintenance technicians. There’s also wider IT roles including network engineers and testers along with a role in the telecommunications team.
Rachael Parr, Electricity North West’s people and corporate services director, said: “We’re delighted to open the window for our 2023-24 apprenticeship recruitment campaign.
“We’re now eight months into our five-year £2bn investment plan so it’s an incredibly exciting time to join as we increase investment in the network. Demand for electricity continues to increase making these roles real green jobs as people move towards electricity and away from carbon heavy fossil fuels like petrol and diesel for transport and gas for heating.
“Upskilling and investing in our workforce is something we’re committed to doing and over the next five years, we’ll be creating more green jobs and will continue to enhance the diversity of our workforce.
“We have a huge role in the North West’s energy transition and future prosperity and green growth. We have a major programme of work planned up until 2028 and there really isn’t a better time to join, learn new skills and help us build and maintain the power network for years to come.
“Our apprenticeship programme can lead to a job for life where people can make a real difference, day in, day out. We want to hear from as many people as possible and look forward to receiving the applications.”
Since launching back in 2007, more than 230 apprentices have been trained and developed by Electricity North West.
This year as part of the campaign plans, Electricity North West will host more open days at its state-of-the-art Training Academy where potential applicants can learn more about the roles on offer.
Seventeen of the new roles will be based out of Greater Manchester, 12 will be based across Cumbria and 10 in Lancashire. Six more of the roles have the flexibility to be based in either Lancashire or Greater Manchester-based depots.
Chris Havard, Electricity North West’s apprentice programme manager, added: “Our apprenticeship programme is in a fantastic scheme, improving year-on-year.
“We’ve got a fantastic success rate and in the last six years, all apprentices that have qualified have been offered a full-time role and accepted.
“Our recruitment campaign is always hotly anticipated, and we look forward to receiving the applications."
To apply, please visit www.enwl.co.uk/about-us/careers/.