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Power industry apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the the power industry sector.

This apprenticeship covers 3 main areas of the power industry

  • generation (power stations and wind farms)
  • transmission (the national transmission network)
  • distribution (taking the electricity from the transmission network to the customers property)

Training opportunities

All areas of this apprenticeship focus on installing and maintaining plant and equipment associated with electricity distribution, transmission and generation. Health and safety plays a major role in all areas of training.

You’ll learn how to operate and maintain the equipment that produces electricity in power stations and wind farms on the advanced level apprenticeship. 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’ll 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.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of power industry apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • cable jointer
  • linesperson
  • electrical fitter

Advanced level apprenticeship

You’ll take on more specialised roles like:

  • wind turbine apprentice technician
  • craftsperson/fitter - electrical
  • craftsperson/fitter - mechanical
  • craftsperson/fitter - electrical and mechanical
  • craftsperson/fitter - control and instrumentation
  • craftsperson/fitter - electrical and control and instrumentation
  • linesperson
  • cable jointer
  • electrical fitter

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You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education