E.ON welcomes first of 1,000 smart metering apprentices as it opens new national electrical skills training academy in Kingswinford
“The government-led transition to smart meters represents one of the biggest infrastructure changes to the energy industry in years. Recruiting and training technicians is an essential part of our ongoing activities to ensure the safe and successful rollout of smart meters, helping to boost the service we’re able to provide to our customers.
E.ON’s new and bespoke national electrical skills training academy has been officially opened by Councillor Dave Tyler, Mayor of Dudley, and E.ON’s CEO Michael Lewis, HR Director Dave Newborough and the first of 1,000 recruits who will enrol at the academy over the next couple of years.
E.ON’s new smart metering ‘Academy of Excellence’ has opened its doors to its first 30 trainees who are undertaking a year-long apprenticeship in smart meter installation. Once they successfully complete their apprenticeship, the fully qualified Smart Metering Technicians will be visiting E.ON customers’ homes and businesses to fit smart meters as part of a government-led nationwide rollout which will help make estimated energy bills a thing of the past.
The company is recruiting a further 750 Smart Metering Technicians over the course of the next 18 months in support of the upgrade of the nation’s energy infrastructure.
Michael Lewis, CEO of E.ON UK, said: “The government-led transition to smart meters represents one of the biggest infrastructure changes to the energy industry in years. Recruiting and training technicians is an essential part of our ongoing activities to ensure the safe and successful rollout of smart meters, helping to boost the service we’re able to provide to our customers.
“We’ve a large number of smart metering roles to fill as we continue our nationwide installation programme and our new dedicated national smart metering Academy of Excellence will allow us to bring together the expertise needed to offer outstanding training opportunities for anyone willing and able to learn these exciting new skills. This new facility will support over 1,000 trainee technicians over the next two years and then beyond who’ll then be able to play a full role in this major industry transformation.”
E.ON was one of the first suppliers to start installing smart meters for its customers and so far has installed more than 750,000 meters into customers’ properties. For more information on E.ON’s smart meter installation programme please visit the website at eonenergy.com/smart.
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Photos show: (1) L-R E.ON’s CEO Michael Lewis, Councillor Dave Tyler, Mayor of Dudley and Michael Murray, an E.ON Meter Technician who won a competition to name the new academy and (2) and (3) show current E.ON trainees enrolled at the academy.
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