E.ON Sustainable Energy announces new apprenticeship scheme

Published on Monday, 24 September 2012 14:46
Posted by Scott Buckler

E.ON, one of the UK's leading energy providers, has today announced a new apprenticeship programme that will help to launch the careers of eight young people from across the North West and Midlands region

The new recruits will complete a four year apprenticeship with the company's Highways Lighting division, after which they will join E.ON as qualified professionals.

The apprenticeship scheme appealed strongly amongst the UK's budding engineers, attracting around 700 applicants. The successful candidates showed exceptional aptitude in an online test to assess numeric and analytic reasoning, along with their knowledge and practical application of science.

Initially the trainees will undergo a two-year training programme at Oldham College to secure a Level 2 City in Guilds certificate in Electrical Power Engineering – specialising in Distribution and Transmission. This will lead them into a further two years of training at their local E.ON depot during which they will gain a Level 3 Lantra Diploma and NVQ in Highways Lighting installation, commissioning and maintenance.

The eight apprentices will be based at each of the following depots:

  • West Hallam
  • Hinckley
  • Northampton
  • Tipton
  • Stoke on Trent
  • Burton upon Trent
  • Rochdale (two apprentices)

Michael Woodhead, Managing Director of E.ON' Sustainable Energy business, welcomed the new apprentices during an induction day at the company's Stoke office in late August. Michael Woodhead commented: "The calibre of applicants for this scheme was exceptionally high and the successful candidates thoroughly deserve the opportunity on offer with our Highways Lighting division. We are delighted to be helping to kick-start the careers of young people in the region and it is fantastic to think that these new recruits could form part of the next generation of E.ON employees for years to come."

James Molyneux, the successful apprentice due to be placed at the West Hallam depot, said:"I was extremely happy when I received the call offering me a place on the Lighting Highway's apprenticeship and I'm proud to have been chosen from a large number of applicants for a company as renowned as E.ON.  This is a great opportunity to work with a globally recognised brand. The knowledge I will gain in this highly skilled area will be invaluable for my career, and I hope to stay with E.ON to develop and advance through the company."

Source: ©E.ON

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