Smart meter installations (dual fuel) apprenticeship

Smart meters are gas or electricity meters that provide energy companies with detailed information on how much energy a customer is using without visiting their homes or business premises to ‘read the meter’.

This information also gives customers the power to manage their energy use more effectively, knowing how much they are spending on energy and when.

As part of its energy strategy, and commitment to reducing energy wastage, the Government has set a target for smart meters to be installed in all homes in the UK by 2020. This will require a large workforce of trained and competent people to install and commission smart meters and communication systems.

This apprenticeship focuses specifically on dual fuel (gas and electricity) smart meters and will teach you a set of new skills that would traditionally have been taught separately through either the gas or electricity industries. As an apprentice, you will learn how to install smart meters, to commission the communications system, pair up the in-home display device and explain how it works to the customer. You will need to have good practical skills for handling tools and instruments. This is a very skilled job and some aspects require significant concentration. Gas and electricity can be dangerous if not handled correctly so you will need to be very safety conscious and have a responsible attitude to your work. You will need to be Gas Safe Registered and the apprenticeship covers all the skills and knowledge you need to achieve that. Your role will involve bending and lifting so it’s important you are fit enough to do the job efficiently and that you are prepared to work outdoors in all kinds of weather.

This could be the start of an exciting career in the gas or power industry where there are many opportunities for career progression.

Level:

Intermediate (Level 2)

Starting salary (once qualified):

£10,000–£16,000 during training, rising to £18,000–£20,000 once qualified

Job roles:

Smart meter installer (dual fuel)

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