Energy giant E.on taking on 50 new apprentices

As part of a pilot customer service apprenticeship scheme in Nottingham, energy supplier E.on is set to employ up to 50 16 to 24-year-olds.

If the pilot scheme is successful then E.on will begin to introduce the programme gradually across other regions.

Dave Newborough, director of human resources at E.on said: “We are passionate about helping people find a career and we are always looking for new and innovative ways to make this happen. I’m delighted that we are leading the way in the energy sector on youth entrant programmes and skills training.”

There will be two stages to the apprenticeship; the first stage will be for the candidates to undertake a pre-apprenticeship programme, containing a seven week sector-ready training and the second stage is a structured one-year apprenticeship, containing both ‘on the job’ and ‘off the job’ training, which includes work experience in customer operations.

Neil Robertson, chief executive of Energy and Utility Skills, the sectors skills council for the gas, power, waste management and water industries, said: “E.ON is leading the way by creating new ways of helping young people into a career in the energy industry. These opportunities will lead to new jobs in a major company.”