UK Power Networks at Hendon School

29 June 2017

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UK Power Networks (UKPN), the distribution network operator covering London, the South East and the East of England, spoke to Hendon School students about the organisation's apprenticeship scheme last week.

Thirty two Year 10 students spent an hour with Emma, a member of UKPN's Talent Acquisition Team, to learn about the career opportunities available to them once they have completed school.

Emma spoke in detail about the organisation's Foundation Apprenticeship Programme and the various Electrical Power Engineer roles available for students to apply for. The three year apprenticeship includes a fully funded 11 month residential at one of UKPN's training centres and an outward bound week in the Lake District.

Students were interested to hear that the paid apprenticeship has a £14k starting salary alongside an annual bonus and other related benefits. Apprentices who complete the programme receive a certificate in Electrical Power Engineering as well as a competency based qualification. Students must have a minimum grade D in Maths and English in order to be eligible for the scheme.

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Student Mohammed found the presentation useful and insightful:

"Today was good, it was an eye opener",

he said. "It taught us about different routes and different careers within UK Power Networks."

"The pay and the training you get sound great."

Another student, Kevin, said: "I thought today was good because I got to learn about new things, I never really considered engineering, but this has opened my eyes into what engineering actually is.

"I think I could possibly go into it because you earn good money for it and it is actually interesting. I found the information today very useful."

UKPN are currently working with Reed in Partnership on their Young Careers pilot programme which aims to transform careers advice offered in schools.