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5 reasons why you should apply for our Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme

20/02 2017Posted by: npower Resourcing Team Subscribe to this blog
We’re well known for our graduate schemes at npower, providing the perfect platform for young people to launch their careers in the energy industry. But did you know that we also provide engineering apprenticeships to help school leavers kick-start their engineering careers?



Our Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme is one of the best in the business - but don’t just take our word for it. Sam Hazell, who is currently undertaking the scheme, spoke to us about why it’s been the perfect fit for him.

The training is in-depth

With a total scheme length of four years, apprentices who go through the RWE Generation UK programme get a very thorough overview of what it takes to be an engineer. The first year is spent studying at Loughborough College, with a fully academic programme to ensure apprentices achieve their BTEC Level 3 Diploma and NVQ Level 2 qualifications. The second year of study introduces more practical learning, after which apprentices select their specialised area in which to complete their training.

Based on your experiences in the first two years, you and your supervisor will decide on a specialisation area of either Mechanical Electrical, Control and Instrumentation, Mechanical and Electrical or Electrical Control and Instrumentation. You shadow craftspeople and engineers in their everyday roles to help enhance your training experience, with the third and fourth years of the programme focused on more independent work onsite.

You come out with great qualifications

Along with the BTEC Level 3 Diploma and NVQ Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations (Engineering Practices), the scheme also gives high achievers the chance to work towards a Higher National Certificate. You’ll complete an NVQ Level 3 in Power Plant Maintenance, specialising in your chosen area, during years three and four of the programme. Along with coming away with great qualifications, apprentices are always paid for their work, making it an attractive option for young people looking for a cost-effective pathway to work.

There are great opportunities to go on to do higher study if you show willingness and aptitude, something which Sam appreciates as he is ultimately aiming for HNC, HND and potentially even a degree. He says he feels completely supported by his manager and RWE in achieving these goals, and if you’re someone with a drive to succeed academically and complete qualifications then you’ll find plenty to get excited about.

You learn while you work

For Sam, part of the appeal of the apprenticeship scheme was that he could still be part of an education programme while learning the skills he needed to enter work. The path is steady but gentle, he says, and the thorough training and development plans mean graduates of the apprenticeship are fully prepared to become craftspeople at the Technical Services Centre or a power station.

You make friends for life

The programme has introduced Sam to fellow apprentices who he now calls close mates. With his long-standing interest in engineering and power, he’s found a group of like-minded individuals with whom he can both train and socialise. And as many graduates of the programme go on to work within RWE’s plans and offices, many of these friends will continue to work together and form lifetime bonds.

It’s one of the best in the business

“When I was deciding what to do, I looked at programmes that were similar at different companies, and when I compared them side by side it was clear which one was better - RWE,” says Sam.

He’s been impressed by how much he’s learned since joining the company, saying he’s been trained in every element of the job so he’s confident in his abilities and future in the industry.

Sam is completing his training near his home at Ferrybridge, a site where both training and maintenance work takes place. Following the apprenticeship, he hopes to continue working in the maintenance team. For more information on the Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme or to apply, click here.
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