Energy & Utility Skills has announced three new apprenticeships for the power industry, developed collaboratively with employers and the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE). The collaboration involved data collection and gathering evidence to maximise government funding for these apprenticeships.
Energy & Utility Skills have secured the inclusion of power industry authorisations into the end-point assessments for the new roles: Power Industry Overhead Linesperson, Substation and Fitter and Cable Jointer. These positions have replaced the Power Network Craftsperson apprenticeship. The tests are conducted by employer assessors, ensuring apprentices are duly authorised and well-prepared upon completion of their end-point assessments.
Employers will be pleased to know that funding for the new apprenticeships has been elevated to the top band, totalling £27,000. It is an increase from the now-superseded Power Network Craftsperson apprenticeship.
Phil Beach, CEO of Energy & Utility Skills, comments on the new apprenticeships, “As the skills voice of the energy and utilities industries, we have developed with the Power Industry Trailblazer Groups and IfATE, three new apprenticeships that will provide the knowledge, skills and behaviours for these technical and safety-critical roles. These new standards reflect the needs of industry and I’m sure that the government funding that has been secured for these apprenticeships will be warmly welcomed by employers.”