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Experienced Apprenticeship – Power Networks Craftsperson

Reference number: SW-011453
  • Salary: £27,839.00
  • Job Type: Apprenticeships
  • Employer: UK Power Networks
  • Location: South London

UK Power Networks owns, operates, and maintains three electricity distribution networks. Delivering power to 19 million people across London, the South East and East of England, keeping the lights on for 28% of the UK population. Our priorities are to tackle the climate crisis by connecting renewable energy, meet our customers evolving needs by improving our services, support our customers in vulnerable circumstances and go above and beyond for the communities we serve.

It takes hundreds of highly trained craftspeople and engineers to build, maintain and operate the electrical infrastructure and equipment. The two-year IET accredited Apprentice programme equips individuals with the skills to safely work on the network.

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What will the apprentice be doing?

Apprentices will learn one of three trades:

  • Cable Jointers – working on the underground electrical cables carrying out jointing duties, such as the maintenance and restoration of power supplies and laying cables for new supplies on the UK Power Networks distribution system
  • Overhead Linespersons – Similar to the role of a Cable Jointer however an Overhead Linesperson works on the overhead power network including up wood poles and metal towers. Restoring power supplies, maintaining existing assets and expanding the network. A head for heights is essential for this role!
  • Fitters – Maintenance fitter build, maintain and fault find on sub-station plant. This will include working at height at times such as on scaffolding.

Apprentices are expected to learn all aspects of their allocated craft and apply the knowledge, skills and behaviours through the apprenticeship programme competently, safely and in accordance with the apprenticeship standards.

Applicants must hold a full UK driving licence due to the requirement to travel between work sites.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Apprentices will follow Level 3 Apprenticeship Power Network Craftsperson (ST0156), which includes a City & Guilds Level 2 in Electrical Power Engineering – Distribution and Transmission (Technical Knowledge) (2304-17).

Training will be a mixture of block release to college, courses delivered at UK Power Networks training centres and on the job training.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Following the completion of the apprenticeship’s individuals will be a qualified cable jointer, overhead linesperson or electrical substation fitter.

These are jobs for life, if you want, or alternatively you could continue your development up to engineer and beyond.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Customer care skills, Physical fitness, Hand skills


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 4 (C)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 (C)) Essential

Things to consider

Successful individuals will have either a qualification in a technical subject such as electrical or mechanical engineering or work experience in a craft, technical or hands on role, such as electricians, mechanical fitters, welders, vehicle technicians or telecommunications technicians etc.

Applicants must hold a full UK driving licence.


If you wish to apply, please email your CV to

Date posted: 18/10/2022

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