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Power distribution company recruits 120 new apprentices

By BHawes  |  Posted: December 16, 2013

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Western Power Distribution is recruiting 120 new apprentices across the region in 2014 and many youngsters from Gloucestershire will get the chance to start a  new career.

The company is supporting our new campaign, The Age of the Apprentice, highlighting opportunities for young people culminating in Gloucestershire SkillsFest 2014 at Gloucestershire College on March 7 to 8.

Western Power Distribution (WPD) owns and operates the electricity distribution network, providing power to homes and businesses across the Midlands, South West England and South Wales.

"We are looking to recruit around 120 apprentices in 2014 across our region, including Gloucestershire, as part of our core strategy to bring in fresh talent and maintain a safe and competent workforce as existing staff retire," said Liz Kelly from WPD's employee relations team.

"We have over 5,000 highly trained staff who work on our overhead lines, underground cables and in our substations. All of our equipment needs to be built, inspected, maintained and repaired to very high quality standards in order for us to keep the lights on for our customers."

Apprenticeships take two to three years to complete and include formal in-house training at WPD's own training centres as well as on-the-job training at a local depot.

WPD has a proven track record with apprenticeships with more than 95 per cent of successful applicants going  on to complete the WPD apprenticeship programme and progress into full-time employment at the company, with several of the company's senior managers starting off as apprentices.

Liz added: "The skills that we provide our apprentices are high value and unique to our industry. Apprentices can look forward to a challenging, rewarding and secure career in an industry-leading company."

WPD is taking applications now until the end of January. To find out more visit westernpower.co.uk/careers.

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