UK Power Networks electricity apprentices go for gold

Electricity apprentices go for gold

 Electricity apprentices will be going for gold through UK Power Networks new partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).

Fifteen apprentices who joined the firm last month will have the chance to complete a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award during their training.

During an 18-month programme the under-25s will complete a four-day expedition, a residential activity, voluntary work, develop a physical activity and learn a skill. They will hone skills they will be using in their new business world including team-work, communication and a positive approach to work.

Basil Scarsella, Chief Executive of UK Power Networks, said: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has a strong track-record of developing well-rounded, caring young people, which are attributes we look for in our employees to deliver top customer service. We have joined forces with the charity to give our young apprentices the best start to their career.”

The DofE gives young people confidence and encourages skills and attitudes that UK Power Networks looks for. For example, the apprentices will contribute positively to their local communities through volunteering.

Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of the DofE, said: “We know that employers value an employee’s attitude just as much as academic qualifications and that’s where we come in. Employers tell us they are actively looking for DofE Award holders at interview. For young people wanting to get a job, a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award can make a real difference. The DofE transforms lives and we are delighted to have the support of UK Power Networks giving more young people a better chance to lead a more productive and fulfilled adult life.”

DofE Business is backed by leading British employers and organisations who share a common goal; to invest in the future of young people, in business and the UK. As part of the initiative, UK Power Networks will support the charity towards its ambition of enabling two million more young people, 400,000 from disadvantaged backgrounds, to do their DofE by 2020.

To find out more about the DofE and how it enables young people to succeed, visit

A dedicated free telephone number has been introduced – 105 – which you can call if you have a power cut. This will get through to your local network operator which runs the cables and power lines delivering electricity to your area.

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