Lighting the way: Why apprenticeships are so important to us

Posted 04/03/2019 by E.ON

Apprenticeships offer hands on experience, a salary, and the chance to train or earn a degree while you work. It's a great way to get your career started, but don't just take our word for it. Research shows that of those who completed an apprenticeship, 90% secured a job or went on to further learning.

What's more, good quality apprenticeships lead to better jobs and pay, enabling apprentices to progress further in their careers and education, according to the Sutton Trust, a foundation that works to improve social mobility in the UK.

Our apprenticeships

The world of energy is changing and we're investing in the products and ideas that will be part of our everyday life in the future. As one of the biggest energy suppliers in the UK, with a focus on smart and sustainable energy solutions, we need the best and the brightest to join our team.

We offer a range of different apprenticeships, including Business Management. This is our first degree apprenticeship and participants will earn while they learn, while also working toward a fully accredited qualification in Management. And unlike university students, apprentices finish the programme with no student debt.

The four-year scheme has six to nine-monthly rotational placements across our entire business. It offers the opportunity to get experience in finance, strategy, human resources, business management and marketing. We aim to help participants find the area they enjoy most, so they can shape their future with us.

Applicants for this apprenticeship need three Bs at A-level or two Distinctions and a Merit at BTEC level, plus a C or above in English and Maths at GCSE.

We also offer apprenticeships in customer service, engineering and sales. Each provides hands on experience and training.

 

It's not only the apprentices who benefit from the programme. The vast majority of employers who have apprentices say that they would recommend it to other business, according to a Department for Education survey. Employers say that apprentices bring new ideas to their organisation and help improve the quality of their product or service.

This week is National Apprenticeships Week and we are highlighting the many reasons apprenticeships are great for both young people and the economy. It's also why we're supporting the Department for Education's Fire It Up campaign to help raise awareness about the huge range of apprenticeship options available.

Whatever you choose, you can rest assured that an apprenticeship will give you great training and a variety of exciting career options for the future. If you're interested in becoming an apprentice, here are three tips to get you off on the right foot:

Research the huge range of options, so you can choose the scheme that's right for you.

Make sure you meet the stated requirements.

Apply early. Apprenticeship schemes like ours receive many applications and may close once the places are filled.

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