Power the country

Energy is integral to everything we do: from driving our cars to powering our kettles. Without reliable supplies, the very lights in your house would cease to function. The journey that energy takes, from plant to plug socket, requires complicated and costly infrastructure that must constantly maintained. It’s also a consumer resource, requiring meters to monitor use.

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, employers across the country are on the lookout for the next generation of professionals who can be trained in 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 management.

This area can also be highly scientific, with various nuclear-focused apprenticeships available that underline the importance of the nuclear industry and its need for highly trained engineers and scientists. Nuclear decommissioning and operatives, as well as scientists and engineers, are required to ensure that nuclear systems and equipment operate safely, efficiently and in an environmentally friendly way.

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The Apprenticeship Guide sector head