E.ON celebrates its apprentices during National Apprenticeship Week
E.ON is a changing business and the energy industry is constantly evolving. With new solutions transforming the future of our industry, it’s vital that we constantly anticipate and adapt to these changes.
We believe people are crucial for the future success of E.ON and our apprentices are key to creating a skilled workforce that can meet the evolving demands of the industry.
As part of National Apprenticeship Week (3rd-7th Feb), E.ON is celebrating the important role apprentices play in securing the energy industry’s future, as well as contributing to the industry’s ongoing drive to develop the skilled workforce needed within the wider sector.
E.ON currently has more than 340 apprentices across its UK business, with apprenticeship schemes covering a wide range of skills and disciplines. Apprenticeships offered by E.ON range from the traditional engineering focused roles, such as highways lighting and smart metering technicians, to opportunities for apprenticeships in office-based roles, such as customer services, data analysis and cyber security.
E.ON’s David Guy was recently named Highways Electrical Association (HEA) national ‘Apprentice of the Year 2019’. The HEA Awards celebrate excellence from the industry’s very best organisations and recognise individuals who’ve made a valuable contribution to the highway electrical sector.
David, originally from Kidderminster, is a third-year apprentice in E.ON’s Highways Lighting team based in Wednesbury. David, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, was nominated for the award for his achievements throughout his apprenticeship and his dedication and commitment to the role.
David said: “I never thought in 2016 when I started my apprenticeship at E.ON I’d become an award winning apprentice. I’d like to say a massive thank you to all those who believed in me at the beginning and I’d say to anyone, just because you’re wired differently and think differently it doesn’t mean you can’t achieve. With the right attitude and mindset, anything is possible.”
Charlie Torry is another of E.ON’s Highways Lighting engineers who has completed his four-year apprenticeship based at E.ON’s Derby office and has now progressed on to the Level 3 qualification in Team Leadership with E.ON.
Charlie, who is originally from Derby, said: “For me the role of an apprentice is important as it enables you to learn the skills from those already skilled and keep the knowledge of how to do a specific job going. Within highways lighting there is such a vast array of skills to learn from both electrical and mechanical so being an apprentice is the best way to learn.
“An apprenticeship within E.ON is so much more than just a qualification and a bit of paper at the end, it’s an investment in every way. E.ON is investing in you and you are investing in the company.”
Chris Norbury, HR Director at E.ON UK, said: “E.ON is a changing business and the energy industry is constantly evolving. With new solutions transforming the future of our industry, it’s vital that we constantly anticipate and adapt to these changes.
“We believe people are crucial for the future success of E.ON and our apprentices are key to creating a skilled workforce that can meet the evolving demands of the industry. Our apprenticeship schemes are aimed at people of all age ranges and backgrounds and we provide opportunities to achieve degree and post graduate level qualifications through apprenticeships with us.”
For further information about E.ON’s apprenticeships and other career opportunities, please visit eon-uk-careers.com.
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