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This Modern Apprenticeship provides the skills and knowledge employees need to work in the power distribution industry. It is suitable for those new to the sector, and for upskilling existing employees. It covers a range of topics associated with the generation, national transmission and local distribution of electricity – including the skills needed in a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy.

Qualifications

SCQF level 5

Your employee will study for one of the following qualifications at SCQF level 5:

  • Certificate in Electrical Power Engineering: Overhead Lines
  • Certificate in Electrical Power Engineering: Substation Plant
  • Certificate in Electrical Power Engineering: Underground Cables 
Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this apprenticeship but candidates should be safety conscious, show a responsible attitude to work and be interested in mechanical/electrical/physical equipment. They should also have correct colour vision.

Progression and development

After completing this Modern Apprenticeship, your employees will have the best possible preparation for a successful career in the power industry.

They will also have all the skills and experience they need to progress to the Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6.

SCQF qualification levels explained

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SCQF level 6

Your employee will study for a City and Guilds Diploma in one of the following specialisms:

  • Electrical Power Engineering (Overhead Linesperson)
  • Electrical Power Engineering (Fitter)
  • Electrical Power Engineering (Jointer)
  • Electrical Power Engineering (Technician)
Entry requirements

Candidates should have completed the Modern Apprenticeship in Power Distribution at SCQF level 5, or have equivalent qualifications or experience. They should also have correct colour vision.

Progression and development

After completing this apprenticeship, your employees could progress to higher education or higher-level roles, using their skills and experience as a springboard to an exciting career in the power industry.

Typical roles include:

  • Asset management/strategy engineer
  • Design/planning engineer
  • Programme planning engineer
  • Operations engineer

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

How is it funded?

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

Use our Modern Apprenticeship Contribution Table to work out the funding level for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet the needs of your business.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employees to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-24 months to complete.

Sound right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

Find a learning provider

Need a little more information or advice?

Call our employer engagement team to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships. 

0800 783 6000
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