Energy sector employs over 1,400 apprentices
Energy has stepped up its recruitment and investment in the next generation of apprentices joining the industry increasing the intake to 1,400 from 970 in 2010. This week marks the seventh annual National Apprenticeship Week and energy suppliers are committed to continuing their investment in the future of the energy industry by hiring trainees.
Energy is a growing sector, directly employing over 170,000 people across the UK – up from 90,000 in 2008 – while supporting another 664,000 jobs nationwide. Energy industry apprenticeship schemes provide paid work placements to those looking to start a career in the energy industry and give the opportunity to gain qualifications and work in a rewarding and exciting sector.
Angela Knight, chief executive of Energy UK said:
“Energy is a growing sector and it is important that we invest in high calibre people at all levels. An apprenticeship in the energy industry is a great opportunity to gain experience and qualifications in a sector that contributes an estimated £102billion to the UK economy.”
Apprenticeships within energy tend to be between two and five years long, giving apprentices the chance to develop specialist skills and knowledge needed in the sector whilst being fully supported to become confident in their individual role.
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Apprenticeship Week runs from 3 March to 7 March 2104. For more information see the Apprenticeship Week website.