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Apprenticeships in Croydon

Croydon teenagers are being encouraged to consider apprenticeships with the local electricity network operator, UK Power Networks, when they leave school.
At a careers day at St Andrew's School, Warrington Road, on June 24 year 10 pupils will be urged to consider applying for an apprenticeship in January 2014.
The recruitment drive with 14-15 year olds is due to the growing number of electrical engineers reaching retirement age in the next few years. The company is constantly looking for people to join its 5,000 staff, who together run a quarter of Britain’s electricity networks.
Trainer Peter Beauchamp, who is visiting the pupils in Croydon, said: "Every year we are looking for young apprentices and our aim is to enable hard-working and focused individuals, aged 16-18, to become qualified in one of the key craft areas, which could lead to a job for life. Our apprenticeship consists of tests, assessments, discipline and some fun along the way.”
Apprentices specialise in one of three main areas working either on overhead lines, the underground power network or as ‘fitters’ installing new electricity substation equipment. All the work is vital to ensure reliable power supplies for local homes and businesses.
Francesca Higgs, from the company’s 2010 apprenticeship intake, will be in Croydon inspiring young people to consider a future in the electrical engineering sphere. She said: "I started my apprenticeship as an electrical jointer in 2010. It was the first programme I applied for and I felt extremely lucky to have gained a place. Everyone is friendly here, in fact it feels like a big family. I find the job a challenge and I like being outdoors in a different place every day.”

Successful apprentices become part of the workforce keeping electricity flowing to 8.1million customers. The apprenticeship scheme restarted in 1996 to address a shortage in the number of electrical craftsmen joining the industry. It includes a mixture of formal training, together with on-the-job experience in the field, to put their skills into practice.
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