It’s fantastic to see E.ON’s brand new national training academy and I am delighted that they’ve shown such confidence in our area by basing the academy right here in Kingswinford. I know that customers would be greatly reassured by seeing the comprehensive training employees go through before they can become fully qualified Smart Meter Technicians.
Mike Wood, MP for Dudley South
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September
2017
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10:14
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Mike Wood MP visits E.ON’s new national smart metering Academy of Excellence in Kingswinford

Mike Wood, MP for Dudley South, has visited E.ON’s new national smart metering Academy of Excellence in Kingswinford, meeting E.ON’s Director of Field Operations, Gill Baker, and other colleagues and undertaking a tour of the recently opened bespoke facility.

The academy first opened its doors a month ago to train the 750 people who are being recruited into smart meter installation roles over the next 18 months. Once they’re fully qualified, the 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.

Mike Wood, MP for Dudley South, said: “It’s fantastic to see E.ON’s brand new national training academy and I am delighted that they’ve shown such confidence in our area by basing the academy right here in Kingswinford.

“The rollout of smart meters across Britain is a hugely important programme and bespoke facilities like this are a great way to bring together the specialised expertise that’s needed to continue to ensure that these advanced meters are fitted safely and successfully by skilled, capable and professional people.

“I know that customers would be greatly reassured by seeing the comprehensive training employees go through before they can become fully qualified Smart Meter Technicians.”

Gill Baker, Director of Field Operations at E.ON UK, said: “We consider the nationwide smart meter programme to be an essential energy infrastructure upgrade, bringing with it many benefits for customers.

“Getting the right people on board and continuing to ensure they undergo the right training is key to the successful delivery of this programme and the safe installation of smart meters. That’s why we’ve opened this tailored training facility and why we’re looking to recruit a further 750 talented and keen people into our Smart Metering Technician roles over the next 18 months.”

  • 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 about E.ON’s smart metering programme, visit eonenergy.com/smart.

  • E.ON is recruiting 750 Smart Metering Technicians over the course of the next 18 months in support of the upgrade of the nation’s energy infrastructure. For further information regarding E.ON’s recruitment of Smart Meter Technician roles and to apply, please visit eon-uk-careers.com/smartjobs.

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Photo shows (L-R): Gill Baker, E.ON’s Director of Field Operations, Mike Wood, MP for Dudley South, Brandon Lycett, Technical Trainer at E.ON

For more information contact:

Jag Bickham, 02476 181 308, jag.bickham@eon-uk.com

Victoria Blake, 02476 181 304, victoria.blake@eonenergy.com

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