27 Mar 15

EDF Energy on the hunt for new smart metering apprentices

EDF Energy is beginning its search for the next group of smart metering apprentices, with applications opening today.

Four of the UK’s ten smart metering apprentices will be based in England’s south west, with training taking place at EDF Energy’s new Cannington Court site. They will also shadow EDF Energy technicians in the field and assist with the installation of smart meters in areas such as Bristol, Taunton, Exeter and Plymouth.

EDF Energy plans to install more than 70,000 smart meters in 2015 and by 2020 every home in the UK will need to be fitted with a smart meter. This new technology will make a significant difference to the way people understand and use their gas and electricity and these new apprentices will play a vital role.

Ellie Turner, 19, joined the smart metering apprentice scheme in 2014. She has encouraged men and women of all ages to consider applying, saying: “An apprenticeship was definitely the right way to go for me. I wanted the opportunity to have hands-on career training while also gaining qualifications.

“Right now, I’m in the practical training phase at EDF Energy and I can’t wait to get out into the field soon and start assisting with meter installs.

“Studying maths and science at school has helped me throughout my apprenticeship, however it is also important to be a sociable person. Once on the job, a smart metering team member will be visiting customers’ homes, chatting with them and ensuring they feel at ease whilst you install their meter.”

The next 54-week apprentice programme will commence in the summer and is designed to combine practical, classroom and field activity to provide recruits with the skills and confidence to install smart meters in customers’ homes, as well as offering them a City and Guilds qualification.

There’s also a very real chance that apprentices that show promise will be offered a permanent or fixed-term role with the company.

Applicants are required to have at least five GCSE’s at Grade C or above, including maths and English, and hold a valid driving licence.

Applications for six smart metering apprenticeships based in Bexleyheath, Kent, also open today.

Interested candidates should visit the smart apprenticeship webpage to apply: http://www.edfenergy.com/careers/early-careers/apprenticeships/smart-metering-apprenticeship

For more information contact:

Steph Aukstikalnis
Media Officer (Customers)
0207 752 2266

Notes to editors

Application are open Friday 27th March until Monday 4th May
Offers will be made by Thursday 4th June

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 6 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.

These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.

In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges look at www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/