E.ON announces plan for 100 new apprenticeships

Electricity supplier E.ON has become the latest large employer to embrace apprenticeships. The energy company says it will create 100 new apprenticeships that will continue a scheme that it launched in 2014. Last year E.ON won the award for Youth Engagement Initiative of the Year at the National Skills Academy for Power Annual Awards, while its apprenticeship programme also received Platinum Provider Status.

Dave Newborough, UK HR Director at E.ON, said: “We’re always looking for a diverse range of candidates to join our business and it’s vital that we provide real career opportunities for those that show potential. Continually developing our recruitment and training strategy is essential if we are to achieve these goals.”


‘Great progress made’

The company’s original apprenticeship scheme exceeded expectatiosn to such an extent that E.ON has now extended its recruitment and training model to go beyond customer operations into areas of field operations and support functions that will include smart metering, IT, HR and highways lighting. E.ON says it will be recruiting the 100 new apprentices to support its residential customer operations teams at its main sites in Bedford, Bolton, Coventry and Nottingham.

“We’ve made great progress since launching our new apprenticeship programme in 2014, and after just two years we have already started to benefit from the hard work and enthusiasm that these apprentices have brought to the business.

“We understand that the apprenticeship landscape is changing and I hope we can continue to increase the number of roles we’re offering, as well as challenge ourselves to create new, innovative recruitment pathways and training schemes to attract new talent into the sector.”