Meet OH Linesman Apprentice Conor Rogers, who takes us through what drew him to WPD, the training he has undertaken and the most rewarding things about the apprenticeship:
Our Craftspeople are essential to ensuring we deliver our promises to our 7.9 million customers by looking after our underground cables, overhead lines and substations operating at voltages from 132,000 volts down to 230 volts.
They are all highly trained individuals working at the sharp end in three areas:
Overhead Lines – working on overhead lines supported by wooden poles or steel towers.
Jointers – working on the underground cable network.
Fitters – working on switches and transformers in substations.
Our apprenticeships offer a paid and supportive way into learning a skill for life, in an innovative industry where there are many opportunities for on-going development and to build a progressive career.
Apprentices here start on a salary of £14,584, moving in increments to a development role salary of £29,756, and progressing to a Craftsperson’s salary of £34,263.
Complete your core training in two years and you’ll progress to a development role and learn from an experienced Craftsperson, then to being assessed as a competent Craftsperson.
Our City & Guilds open learning course and all tutorials are held at Western Power Distribution Training Centres. You’ll also study in your own time, supported by your Mentor.
You’ll spend your first 12 weeks at one of our Training Centres and over the next two years work to achieve the City & Guilds 2339 Level 2 and Level 3 Qualifications in Electrical Engineering. Throughout, you’ll be asked to keep a portfolio of evidence of work which will have a significant impact on your overall qualification.
“We are looking for talented, highly motivated people to join the Western Power Distribution apprenticeship scheme. Our people are at the heart of our business success and our apprentices of today will be our skilled staff of tomorrow – safely delivering outstanding levels of customer service and operational performance for our customers.”
Phil Swift, Chief Executive
You can apply if you have five GCSE’s graded A*-C/4-9, including Maths, English Language and a Science.
Here we have a selection of videos to help you understand what being a WPD apprentice entails.