Energy

Power your way to a career with an apprenticeship

Energy and water are integral to everything we do: from driving our cars to powering (and filling) our kettles. Without reliable supplies of energy and water, the very lights in your house would cease to function. The taps would run dry. They’re fundamental resources. The journey that energy and water take, from plant to plug socket and reservoir to refillable bottle, require complicated and costly infrastructure that must constantly maintained. They’re also consumer resources, requiring meters to monitor their use.

Energy careers are on offer across the whole range of utilities, including gas, electricity, water and nuclear power. Apprenticeships cover its generation, transmission, distribution and supply, as well as utility-specific roles in processing, management and maintenance, meaning anyone with an interest in utilities and energy can find a job that’s suitable for them.

At a time when the environment and climate change are dominating discussion in energy, employers across the country are on the lookout for the next generation of energy professionals who can be trained in energy conservation and efficiency. The commercial thermal insulation operative, community energy specialist, dual fuel smart meter installer and junior energy manager apprenticeships all include this in their briefs, and they’ll train you to work on reducing carbon emissions and improving energy management.

There are 21 apprenticeships on offer in this sector. New for this year is the nuclear operative apprenticeship, which will train you to a level 2 standard as either a nuclear decommissioning operative or a nuclear process operative. Although not new, the nuclear scientist/engineer degree apprenticeship, which will see you ensuring that nuclear systems and equipment operate safely, efficiently and in an environmentally friendly way, underlines the importance of the nuclear industry and its need for highly trained engineers and scientists.

Interests and skills

Consider a career in energy if you have an interest in climate change and protecting the environment. Jobs can be undertaken across utilities and energy sectors, in a range of roles and functions.

School subjects

The school subjects that may prepare you for an apprenticeship in energy include:

  • Science
  • Maths
  • Geography
Further reading

To find out more about apprenticeships in energy, visit: gov.uk/education/apprenticeships-traineeships-and-internships

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Gas industry apprenticeship

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Nuclear scientist and nuclear engineer apprenticeship

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Nuclear welding inspection technician apprenticeship

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Nuclear power plant operations apprenticeship

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Nuclear working apprenticeship

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Power engineering apprenticeship

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Power network craftsperson apprenticeship

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Power sector apprenticeship

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Smart meter installations (dual fuel) apprenticeship

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Sustainable resource management apprenticeship

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Water industry apprenticeship

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Water process technician apprenticeship

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