New engineers set for Northern Powergrid

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A new generation of engineers will be created by Northern Powergrid, who are responsible for running the electricity network in Calderdale.

The company is looking for up to 30 people to join its 2016 graduate and technical staff trainee engineer programme and trainee engineer (foundation degree) programme.

The vacancies form part of the company’s on-going commitment to recruit, train and develop the people needed to deliver its £3 billion investment programme.

The trainee engineer (foundation degree) programme is a three-year tailored programme which includes a Northern Powergrid-funded foundation degree in electrical power engineering undertaken during the first two years. The trainee engineer will gain a broad range of experience through placements across Northern Powergrid’s business as well as completing formal courses.

The two-year graduate and technical staff trainee engineer programme offers those with a degree in engineering, or an HNC/HND or equivalent in electrical engineering backed up with an industry based background, training and development to help progress their career. These trainees spend 18 months learning about all the engineering activities in an electricity distribution company before completing an extended placement in their chosen specialism. The programme ensures that they are fully trained to take up a suitable role within Northern Powergrid on completion of their programme.

Karen Weatherburn, director of human resources at Northern Powergrid, said: “As part of our eight year business plan, which started in 2015, we will be delivering a £3 billion investment programme to improve the quality and reliability of the region’s electricity network. We want to train a new generation of engineers to be part of this important journey for our business and our customers. They will strengthen our existing team of professional engineers and help ensure we continue to have a workforce ready to deliver now and in the future”.